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  1. The Possibility of Knowledge.Quassim Cassam - 2007 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 74 (1):125-141.
    I focus on two questions: what is knowledge, and how is knowledge possible? The latter is an example of a how-possible question. I argue that how-possible questions are obstacle-dependent and that they need to be dealt with at three different levels, the level of means, of obstacle-removal, and of enabling conditions. At the first of these levels the possibility of knowledge is accounted for by identifying means of knowing, and I argue that the identification of such (...)
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  2. Knowledge of Possibility and of Necessity.Bob Hale - 2002 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (1):1–20.
    I investigate two asymmetrical approaches to knowledge of absolute possibility and of necessity--one which treats knowledge of possibility as more fundamental, the other according epistemological priority to necessity. Two necessary conditions for the success of an asymmetrical approach are proposed. I argue that a possibility-based approach seems unable to meet my second condition, but that on certain assumptions--including, pivotally, the assumption that logical and conceptual necessities, while absolute, do not exhaust the class of absolute necessities--a (...)
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    Critical Realism, Post-Positivism, and the Possibility of Knowledge.Ruth Groff - 2004 - Routledge.
    At the heart of contemporary relativism, is the idea that the world has no mind-independent characteristics. As there is no way that the world is on its own, any opinions held may be regarded as valid. Critical realism is a promising alternative to such a position. Critical realism allows for the conclusion that certain processes lead to specific outcomes regardless of how we think about them, which in turn places a limited but crucial check on relativism. Groff defends "realism about (...)
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    Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Duncan Pritchard - 2009 - Analysis 69 (2):317-325.
    1. Quassim Cassam's subtle book, The Possibility of Knowledge, 1 contains many insights. My goal here is not to attempt to give a sense of all that this book has to offer – which I suspect would be foolhardy in the extreme – but rather to explore one particular central theme of this book that I find especially interesting – viz. the application of the ‘multi-level’ response to ‘how possible?’ questions that Cassam offers to the problem of radical (...)
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    Can Jean Piaget Explain the Possibility of Knowledge?Sophie Haroutunian - 1985 - Synthese 65 (1):65 - 86.
    The purpose of this article is to show that Piaget's use of the equilibrium principle cannot explain the possibility of correct understanding. That is, it cannot explain the possibility of knowledge, as opposed to simple change in belief. To make the argument, I begin by describing Piaget's explanatory model, which is known as the equilibrium principle. I then argue that correct understanding, or knowledge of any x as a case of y, requires a concept of correctness, (...)
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  6. Figurative Synthesis, Spatial Unity and the Possibility of Perceptual Knowledge.Dennis Schulting - forthcoming - In Kant's Radical Subjectivism. Perspectives on the Transcendental Deduction. London: Palgrave.
    Besides addressing structural and methodical issues relating to the so-called ‘second step’ of the B-Deduction, this paper expands on the theme of synthesis and addresses Kant’s argument in that second step about how figurative synthesis (synthesis speciosa) or transcendental or productive imagination accounts for the possibility of perceptual knowledge of spatiotemporal objects. I consider three key points: First, I discuss some systematic issues regarding the precise relation between intellectual and figurative synthesis. I argue that figurative synthesis is in (...)
     
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    The Possibility of Knowledge • by Quassim Cassam • Oxford University Press, 2007. X + 256 Pp. £32.00 Cloth: Summary. [REVIEW]Quassim Cassam - 2009 - Analysis 69 (2):307-309.
    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 (...)
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  8. The Possibility of Knowledge.Cassam Quassim - 2009 - Analysis 69 (2):307-309.
    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 (...)
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    Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics.Mark Coeckelbergh - 2015 - Routledge.
    Today it is widely recognized that we face urgent and serious environmental problems and we know much about them, yet we do very little. What explains this lack of motivation and change? Why is it so hard to change our lives? This book addresses this question by means of a philosophical inquiry into the conditions of possibility for environmental change. It discusses how we can become more motivated to do environmental good and what kind of knowledge we need (...)
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    On the Possibility of Group Knowledge Without Belief.Raul Hakli - 2007 - Social Epistemology 21 (3):249 – 266.
    Endorsing the idea of group knowledge seems to entail the possibility of group belief as well, because it is usually held that knowledge entails belief. It is here studied whether it would be possible to grant that groups can have knowledge without being committed to the controversial view that groups can have beliefs. The answer is positive on the assumption that knowledge can be based on acceptance as well as belief. The distinction between belief and (...)
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  11. The Possibility of Knowledge: Nozick and His Critics.Steven Luper (ed.) - 1987 - Rowman & Littlefield.
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    Plato's Meno and the Possibility of Inquiry in the Absence of Knowledge.Filip Grgic - 1999 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 4 (1):19-40.
    In Meno 80d5-e5, we find two sets of objections concerning the possibility of inquiry in the absence of knowledge: the so-called and the This essay first shows that the eristic argument is not simply a restatement of Meno's paradox, but instead an objection of a completely different kind: Meno's paradox concerns not inquiry as such, but rather Socrates' inquiry into virtue as is pursued in the first part of the Meno, whereas the eristic argument indicates a manner in (...)
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    Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics by Mark Coeckelbergh.Lisa Kretz - 2016 - Ethics and the Environment 21 (1):109-118.
    In Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics, Mark Coeckelbergh presents an expansive approach to rethinking the ontological, epistemic, and ethical relationships humans have with the environment. It is a book with a wide historical scope rooted in the Western tradition, and it seeks to address the gap between humans’ ecological ideals and environmental practices.The text begins with an exploration of the psychological conditions for environmental change. Coeckelbergh seeks to bridge the gap between (...)
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  14. Substance, Force, and the Possibility of Knowledge. On Kant's Philosophy of Material Nature (R. Langton).Jeffrey Edwards - 2002 - Philosophical Books 43 (2):148-149.
    A new understanding of Kant’s theory of a priori knowledge and his natural philosophy emerges from Jeffrey Edwards’s mature and penetrating study. In the Third Analogy of Experience, Kant argues for the existence of a dynamical plenum in space. This argument against empty space demonstrates that the dynamical plenum furnishes an a priori necessary condition for our experience and knowledge of an objective world. Such an a priori existence proof, however, transgresses the limits Kant otherwise places on transcendental (...)
     
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  15. Knowledge by Intention? On the Possibility of Agent's Knowledge.Anne Newstead - 2006 - In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Aspects of Knowing. Elsevier Science. pp. 183.
    A fallibilist theory of knowledge is employed to make sense of the idea that agents know what they are doing 'without observation' (as on Anscombe's theory of practical knowledge).
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  16. The Possibility of Religious Knowledge.Jerry H. Gill - 1971 - Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
     
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  17. Epistemological Relativism and Relativistic Epistemology Richard Rorty and the Possibility of a Philosophical Theory of Knowledge.Anders Tolland - 1991
     
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  18. On the Possibility of Philosophical Knowledge.George Bealer - 1996 - Philosophical Perspectives 10:1-34.
    The paper elaborates upon various points and arguments in the author’s “A Priori Knowledge and the Scope of Philosophy” (Philosophical Studies, 1993), in which the author defends the autonomy of philosophy from the empirical sciences. It provides, for example, an extended defense of the modal reliabilist theory of basic evidence, including a new argument against evolutionary explanations of the reliability of intuitions. It also contains a fuller discussion of how to neutralize the threat of scientific essentialism to the autonomy (...)
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  19. Review of Perry's Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness. [REVIEW]Yujin Nagasawa - 2004 - Psyche 10.
    John Perry’s Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness is based on the Jean Nicod Lectures, which he gave in Paris in 1999. The main goal of this book is to defend what he calls ‘antecedent physicalism’ from various common objections to physicalism. The book is organised as follows. In Chapter 1 Perry reviews a number of antiphysicalist arguments, which have been intensively discussed in the last few years among philosophers of mind. In Chapters 2 and 3 he formulates antecedent physicalism. (...)
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    Aquinas and Maimonides on the Possibility of Knowledge of God: An Examination of the Quaestio de Attributis.Jennifer Hart Weed - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 319-320.
    In this work, Mercedes Rubio argues that St. Thomas Aquinas’s In I Sent., d. 2, q. 1, a. 3 is his final reading of Moses Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed on the topic of the knowledge of God. According to Rubio, this text reveals the influence of the Guide on Aquinas’s doctrine of the divine attributes, his understanding of the role of faith and his Five Ways.Rubio’s central thesis is most likely to be met with skepticism, since many scholars (...)
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  21. Modal Epistemology: Our Knowledge of Necessity and Possibility.Simon Evnine - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (4):664-684.
    I survey a number of views about how we can obtain knowledge of modal propositions, propositions about necessity and possibility. One major approach is that whether a proposition or state of affairs is conceivable tells us something about whether it is possible. I examine two quite different positions that fall under this rubric, those of Yablo and Chalmers. One problem for this approach is the existence of necessary a posteriori truths and I deal with some of the ways (...)
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    Aquinas and Maimonides on the Possibility of Knowledge of God: An Exami. [REVIEW]Jennifer Hart Weed - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):319-320.
    In this work, Mercedes Rubio argues that St. Thomas Aquinas’s In I Sent., d. 2, q. 1, a. 3 is his final reading of Moses Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed on the topic of the knowledge of God. According to Rubio, this text reveals the influence of the Guide on Aquinas’s doctrine of the divine attributes, his understanding of the role of faith and his Five Ways.Rubio’s central thesis is most likely to be met with skepticism, since many scholars (...)
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  23. Dewey and Russell on the Possibility of Immediate Knowledge.Tom Burke - 1998 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 17 (2/3):149-153.
    This paper compares Dewey's and Russell's views of "immediate knowledge." Dewey was perhaps mistaken in attributing to Russell the view that immediate sense data provide incorrigible foundations for knowledge. Russell's characterization of sensing plus attention as the most immediate knowing of which we have experience nevertheless remains a valid target of Dewey's criticisms. These two philosophers developed very different theories of logic and knowledge, language and experience. Given the reconstructed notions of experience and knowledge at the (...)
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  24. Quassim Cassam The Possibility of Knowledge 234pp. Clarendon Press, Oxford. £00.00.David Papineau - unknown
    Philosophers like asking questions about knowledge. What is it exactly? Why do we value it so much? And do we have any? Ideally they would like an account of the nature of knowledge that shows sceptical doubts about its existence to be unmotivated. Unfortunately two millenia of effort have not produced much in the way of agreed results.
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  25. Substance, Force, and the Possibility of Knowledge: On Kant's Philosophy of Material Nature.Jeffrey Edwards - 2000 - University of California Press.
    A new understanding of Kant’s theory of a priori knowledge and his natural philosophy emerges from Jeffrey Edwards’s mature and penetrating study. In the Third Analogy of Experience, Kant argues for the existence of a dynamical plenum in space. This argument against empty space demonstrates that the dynamical plenum furnishes an a priori necessary condition for our experience and knowledge of an objective world. Such an a priori existence proof, however, transgresses the limits Kant otherwise places on transcendental (...)
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    Logic is Rooted in the Social Principle: Peirce, Pansemioticism, and the Possibility of Transpersonal Knowledge.Robert Smid - 2017 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 38 (1):70.
    The purpose of this article is to explore the question of the “location” of knowledge relative to knowers and things known in the work of Charles Sanders Peirce. This is an aspect Peirce’s work that is rarely addressed directly, and still more rarely addressed with any clarity. Peirce seems to have been aware of this, often demurring that he “is not yet quite free from the mist” on the issue.1 Similarly, Peirce’s interpreters have expressed little interest in this question,2 (...)
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    Does Knowledge of Material Objects Depend on Spatial Perception? Comments on Quassim Cassam's the Possibility of Knowledge.John Campbell - 2009 - Analysis 69 (2):309-317.
    1. The spatial perception requirementCassam surveys arguments for what he calls the ‘Spatial Perception Requirement’ . This is the following principle: " SPR: In order to perceive that something is the case and thereby to know that it is the case one must be capable of spatial perception. " A couple of preliminary glosses. By ‘spatial perception’ Cassam means either perception of location, or perception of specifically spatial properties of an object, such as its size and shape. Second, Cassam takes (...)
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    The Possibility of Knowledge: Reply to Denis Bühler, Daniel Dohrn, David Lüthi, Bernhard Ritter and Simon Sauter.Quassim Cassam - 2009 - Abstracta 5 (4):100-113.
    How is knowledge of the external world possible? How is knowledge of other minds possible? How is a priori knowledge possible? These are all examples of how-possible questions in epistemology. In this highly original book Quassim Cassam explains how such questions arise and how they should be answered.
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  29. Perry and Mary: Review of John Perry's Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness. [REVIEW]Yujin Nagasawa - manuscript
    John Perry’s Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness is based on the Jean Nicod Lectures, which he gave in Paris in 1999. The main goal of this book is to defend what he calls ‘antecedent physicalism’ from various common objections to physicalism. I do not agree with Perry’s approach to the problem of phenomenal consciousness; in particular, I disagree with his approach to the knowledge argument. Nevertheless, I found his book extremely helpful in understanding complex issues in the recent (...)
     
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  30. The Possibility of Knowledge.Quassim Cassam - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    How is knowledge of the external world possible? How is knowledge of other minds possible? How is a priori knowledge possible? These are all examples of how-possible questions in epistemology. In this highly original book Quassim Cassam explains how such questions arise and how they should be answered.
     
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  31. The Existence of Forms : Plato's Argument From the Possibility of Knowledge.Jurgis Brakas - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Defending the Possibility of Knowledge.Neil Kennedy - 2014 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 43 (2-3):579-601.
    In this paper, I propose a solution to Fitch’s paradox that draws on ideas from Edgington (Mind 94:557–568, 1985), Rabinowicz and Segerberg (1994) and Kvanvig (Noûs 29:481–500, 1995). After examining the solution strategies of these authors, I will defend the view, initially proposed by Kvanvig, according to which the derivation of the paradox violates a crucial constraint on quantifier instantiation. The constraint states that non-rigid expressions cannot be substituted into modal positions. We will introduce a slightly modified syntax and semantics (...)
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    De Se Knowledge and the Possibility of an Omniscient Being.Stephan Torre - 2006 - Faith and Philosophy 23 (2):191-200.
    In this paper I examine an argument that has been made by Patrick Grim for the claim that de se knowledge is incompatible with the existence of an omniscient being. I claim that the success of the argument depends upon whether it is possible for someone else to know what I know in knowing (F), where (F) is a claim involving de se knowledge. I discuss one reply to this argument, proposed by Edward Wierenga, that appeals to first-person (...)
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  34. Nietzsche On The Possibility Of Truth And Knowledge.Tsarina Doyle - 2005 - Minerva 9:261-286.
    This paper examines Nietzsche’s views on truth and knowledge in the context of both his rejectionof the Kantian thing-in-itself and his perspectivism. It is argued that Nietzsche’s principalcontention with the thing-in-itself centers round the dissociation of truth and justification. Thepaper argues that Nietzsche’s perspectivism, understood as an epistemic thesis, sows the seeds forthe overcoming of this sceptical dissociation.
     
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    Standpoint Theory and the Possibility of Justice: A Lyotardian Critique of the Democratization of Knowledge.Margret Grebowicz - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (4):16-29.
    : Grebowicz argues from the perspective of Jean-François Lyotard's critique of deliberative democracy that the project of democratizing knowledge may bring us closer to terror than to justice. The successful formulation of a critical standpoint requires that we figure the political as itself a contested site, and incorporate this into our theorizing about the role of dissent in the production of knowledges. This essay contrasts Lyotard's notion of the differend with Chantal Mouffe's agonistic model.
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    Standpoint Theory and the Possibility of Justice: A Lyotardian Critique of the Democratization of Knowledge.Margret Grebowicz - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (4):16-29.
    Grebowicz argues from the perspective ofJean-Franpois Lyotard's critique of deliberative democracy that the project of democratizing knowledge may bring us closer to terror than to justice. The successful formulation of a critical standpoint requires that we figure the political as itself a contested site, and incorporate this into our theorizing about the role of dissent in the production of knowledges. This essay contrasts Lyotard's notion of the differend with Chantal Mouffe's agonistic model.
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  37. The Possibility of Knowledge[REVIEW]Barry Stroud - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):518-524.
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    Précis of "The Possibility of Knowledge". [REVIEW]Quassim Cassam - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):507 - 509.
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    On the Possibility of Knowledge.Harry Ruja - 1937 - New Scholasticism 11 (3):237-246.
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    Précis ofThe Possibility of Knowledge.Quassim Cassam - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):507-509.
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  41. Skepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Barry Stroud - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):545-551.
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    Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge.A. C. Grayling - 2008 - Continuum.
    In this series of studies A. C. Grayling looks at approaches the problem of how sceptical challenges can be met.
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    Skepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Barry Stroud - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):545.
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  44. « The Possibility Of Knowledge According To Plato ».Lloyd Gerson - 2004 - Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society 4.
     
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  45. Critical Realism, Post-Positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Ruth Groff - 2004 - Routledge.
    Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She also attempts to both clarify and correct earlier critical realist attempts to apply realism about causality to the social sciences. By connecting issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science to the problem of relativism, Groff bridges the (...)
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  46. Critical Realism, Post-Positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Ruth Groff - 2007 - Routledge.
    Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She also attempts to both clarify and correct earlier critical realist attempts to apply realism about causality to the social sciences. By connecting issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science to the problem of relativism, Groff bridges the (...)
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  47. 25 Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge'.Richard Swinburne - 1999 - In Eleonore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions. Blackwell. pp. 6--210.
     
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  48. Substance, Force, and the Possibility of Knowledge: On Kant's Philosophy of Nature.Alison Laywine - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (3):439-442.
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    Technology As a New Condition of the Possibility of Scientific Knowledge.Ramón Queraltó - 1998 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 4 (2):136-140.
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    Précis of "Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness". [REVIEW]John Perry - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (1):172 - 181.
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