Knowledge and Certainty, Essays and Lectures

Knowledge and Certainty, Essays and Lectures

Knowledge and Certainty, Essays and Lectures

Knowledge and Certainty, Essays and Lectures

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The following essays and lectures are closely connected in two ways. First, certain philosophical problems about knowledge, perception, verification, certainty, incorrigibility, possibility of error, grounds, proof--concepts that are fundamental to the theory of knowledge--are studied from different angles. Second, the influence of my teachers, friends, and heroes, G. E. Moore and Ludwig Wittgenstein, is evident throughout.

Seven of the essays have been published previously. They are placed here in chronological order. The Verification Argument was published in Philosophical Analysis, edited byMax Black, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1950. It is published here without revision of the text, but new footnotes have been added. Knowledge and Belief was published in Mind, Vol. LXI, N. S., No. 242, April, 1952. I have made changes in the text and have added footnotes. Direct Perception appeared in The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. III, No. 13, October, 1953. The text has been revised and a number of footnotes added. Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations first appeared in The Philosophical Review, Vol. LXIII, No. 4, October, 1954. There is some correction of the text and there are new footnotes. Knowledge of Other Minds first appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. LV, No. 23, November 6, 1958. It is published here with scarcely any change. Anselm's Ontological Arguments first appeared in . . .

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