The possibility of knowledge • by Quassim Cassam • oxford university press, 2007. X + 256 pp. £32.00 cloth: Summary [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Analysis 69 (2):307-309 (2009)
An epistemological how-possible question asks how knowledge, or knowledge of some specific kind, is possible. Familiar epistemological how-possible questions include ‘How is knowledge of the external world possible?’, ‘How is knowledge of other minds possible?’ and ‘How is a priori knowledge possible?’ These are the three questions that I tackle in my book. In each case, I explain how and why the question arises and propose a way of answering it. The main negative claim of the book is that transcendental arguments are of little use in answering how-possible questions. A transcendental demonstration of the necessity of a certain kind of knowledge does not amount to an explanation of its possibility. The main positive claim is that such questions call for what I describe as a multi-levels response. I give an account of the multi-levels approach and put it to use in explaining how various kinds of knowledge are possible.Epistemological how-possible questions are not directly concerned with whether knowledge is possible, but if we cannot explain how a certain kind of knowledge is possible then the reality of that kind of knowledge is called into question. How-possible questions are obstacle-dependent. We ask how knowledge …
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Quassim Cassam (1986). Necessity and Externality. Mind 95 (380):446-464.
Quassim Cassam (1998). Self-Knowledge, A Priori Knowledge, and the Cognitive Structure of the Mind. In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Contemporary Issues in the Philosophy of Mind. Cambridge University Press
Quassim Cassam (1996). Self-Reference, Self-Knowledge and the Problem of Misconception. European Journal of Philosophy 4 (3):276-295.
Barry Stroud (2009). Explaining Perceptual Knowledge: Reply to Quassim Cassam. European Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):590-596.
Quassim Cassam (2007). The Possibility of Knowledge. Grazer Philosophische Studien 74 (1):125-141.
Michael Morris (1998). Self and World by Quassim Cassam. Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1997, Pp. VIII + 208. Philosophy 73 (3):495-523.
John Campbell (2009). Does Knowledge of Material Objects Depend on Spatial Perception? Comments on Quassim Cassam's the Possibility of Knowledge. Analysis 69 (2):309-317.
Quassim Cassam (2008). Précis of "The Possibility of Knowledge". [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):507 - 509.
S. Goldberg (2009). The Possibility of Knowledge, by Quassim Cassam. Mind 118 (471):815-820.
Added to index2009-04-11
Total downloads76 ( #52,458 of 1,790,061 )
Recent downloads (6 months)17 ( #47,188 of 1,790,061 )
How can I increase my downloads?