Essays on a Priori Knowledge and Justification

Essays on a Priori Knowledge and Justification

Essays on a Priori Knowledge and Justification

Essays on a Priori Knowledge and Justification

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There has been a major renewal of interest in the topic of a priori knowledge over the past twenty-five years. The essays in this collection document the range of issues motivating the renewed interest, identify the central epistemological questions, and provide the leading ideas of a unified response to them Book jacket.

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These essays have benefited from the responses and criticisms of many friends, colleagues, and students. I thank them for the time and effort that they expended on my behalf. More specific acknowledgments are to be found at the end of each essay. I would also like to thank the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the College of Arts and Sciences, and, in particular, the Philosophy Department, its office staff, and its longtime Chair, Joe Mendola, for their generous support of my work. A Faculty Development Leave in Fall 2010 allowed me to complete this project in a timely fashion. Adam Thompson proofed the entire manuscript and helped to construct the index. I am grateful for his generosity and good humor. Finally, Oxford University Press was instrumental in bringing this project to fruition in numerous ways. Peter Ohlin encouraged me to pursue the project and provided sound advice along the way. Two anonymous referees offered valuable suggestions for improving the project. Lucy Randall assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. I thank them all warmly.

An expression of gratitude of a different order is due to my daughters, Anna and Lisa, who have enhanced and enriched my life in countless ways. This book is dedicated to them with love and appreciation for all that they have provided, and continue to provide, for me.

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