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Acquaintance: New Essays

Jonathan Knowles and Thomas Raleigh


Bertrand Russell famously distinguished between ‘Knowledge by Acquaintance’ and ‘Knowledge by Description’. For much of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, many philosophers viewed the notion of acquaintance with suspicion, associating it with Russellian ideas that they would wish to reject. However in the past decade or two the concept has undergone a striking revival in mainstream ‘analytic’ philosophy – acquaintance is, it seems, respectable again. This is the first collection of new essays devoted to the topic of acquaintance, featuring contributions from many of the world’s leading ... More

Keywords: Philosophy, Acquaintance, Knowledge by Acquaintance, Consciousness, Perception, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Reference, Russell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Knowles, editor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Thomas Raleigh, editor
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

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