Knowledge and the State of Nature: An Essay in Conceptual Synthesis

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In this illuminating study Craig argues that the standard practice of analyzing the concept of knowledge has radical defects--arbitrary restriction of the subject matter and risky theoretical presuppositions. He proposes a new approach similar to the "state-of-nature" method found in political theory, building the concept up from a hypothesis about its social function and the needs it fulfills. Shedding light on much that philosophers have written about knowledge, its analysis and the obstacles to its analysis, and the debate over skepticism, this compelling work will be of interest to students and scholars of epistemology and the philosophy of language.

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Edward Craig is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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"Far-ranging and strikingly original....Craig has written one of the most inspired works of epistemology in several decades, a compact masterpiece sketching a new way to do epistemology and brimming with illuminating concrete proposals. The book is powerfully, densely argued, and it is exquisitely written. Any future work in epistemology must reckon with this unique book."--Mind


"Interesting and frequentlly offers a new perspective on old problems."--Philosophical Review


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