Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Epistemology, philosophy: examines the conditions for the emergence of knowledge and the basis for justification and confirmation. Epistemology cannot explain special cases in which someone who has less information may give more correct answers. See also knowledge, theory, justification, confirmation, reliability.
Author Item Excerpt Meta data
Locke, John
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Epistemology Rorty I 159
Epistemology: Problem, how can we know whether our internal representations have accuracy.
Locke: confusion of a mechanical theory of the operations of our mind with a "foundation of our knowledge claims."
Rorty I 160
SellarsVsLocke: same error as the naturalistic fallacy: the attempt to completely dissolve epistemic facts in non-epistemic facts. How could he be of the opinion, a causal theory about how an opinion is acquired, is an indicator of entitlement, with which you have that opinion?
Rorty: because he did not think of knowledge simply as a justified true opinion, because he did not think of our knowledge as a relation between a person and a proposition (see: Rorty).
Locke I 17
Knowledge/Locke: basis: sensations (sensory impressions) - they must be processed by reason and reasoning ability to conclusions - they help to recognize the existence of God.
I 30
Knowledge/Locke: not logical deduction but observation of mental processes - "inner sense".
I 31
Both perception and reflection are passive.
II 193
Definition knowledge/Locke: Perception of the relation or conflict of ideas - real knowledge: determinism of ideas (necessary but not sufficient condition.) - Definition Real Truth/Locke: not only verbal.
II 195
Demonstrative knowledge: through mediation of other ideas - sensitive knowledge: existence of things that are present to the senses - intuitive knowledge: the certainty that the perceived idea is such a one as the mind perceives it- intuitive and demonstrative knowledge form a complete disjunction of possible safe knowledge - VsDescartes: not recognizing predetermined conceptual content - instead empirically simple given ideas in mind.

Loc II
J. Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-24