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Knowledge and Practical Interests

Jason Stanley


The thesis of this book is that whether or not someone knows a proposition at a given time is in part determined by his or her practical interests, i.e., by how much is at stake for that person at that time. Thus, whether a true belief is knowledge is not merely a matter of supporting beliefs or reliability; in the case of knowledge, practical rationality and theoretical rationality are intertwined. This thesis, called Interest-Relative Invariantism about knowledge, is defended against alternative accounts of the phenomena that motivate it, such as the claim that knowledge attributions are lin ... More

Keywords: epistemology, Interest-Relative Invariantism, skepticism, action, practical reasoning, contextualism, relativism, sorites paradox, gradable adjectives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199288038.001.0001


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Jason Stanley, author
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
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