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Modal Epistemology After Rationalism

Editors: Fischer, Bob, Leon, Felipe (Eds.)

  • Represents a broad range of positions on the sources of modal knowledge, highlighting the new trend toward empiricism in modal epistemology
  • Features essays that explore candidate empirical sources and marks the trend toward away from modal rationalism and toward modal empiricism 
  • Shows that the basic element in empirical sources of modal knowledge is an inference from the actual to the possible 
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This collection highlights the new trend away from rationalism and toward empiricism in the epistemology of modality. Accordingly, the book represents a wide range of positions on the empirical sources of modal knowledge. Readers will find an introduction that surveys the field and provides a brief overview of the work, which progresses from empirically-sensitive rationalist accounts to fully empiricist accounts of modal knowledge. Early chapters focus on challenges to rationalist theories, essence-based approaches to modal knowledge, and the prospects for naturalizing modal epistemology. The middle chapters present positive accounts that reject rationalism, but which stop short of advocating exclusive appeal to empirical sources of modal knowledge. The final chapters mark a transition toward exclusive reliance on empirical sources of modal knowledge. They explore ways of making similarity-based, analogical, inductive, and abductive arguments for modal claims based on empirical information. Modal epistemology is coming into its own as a field, and this book has the potential to anchor a new research agenda.

About the authors

Bob Fischer is an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and works on problems in modal epistemology and applied ethics. He is co-editor of The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat (Oxford University Press, 2015), editor of College Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016), and author of Modal Justification via Theories (Springer, forthcoming). 

Felipe Leon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at El Camino College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He works primarily on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. His current research focuses on the nature and scope of modal knowledge and its implications for philosophy of religion. His publications include “Why Frankfurt-Examples Don’t Need to Succeed to Succeed” (with Neal Tognazzini. Philosophy & Phenomenological Research 80:3, 20, “Moreland on the Impossibility of Traversing the Infinite: A Critique” (Philo 14:1, 2012), 10), and The Modal-Knowno Problem” (with Robert William Fischer. Southwest Philosophy Review, forthcoming).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction to Modal Epistemology After Rationalism

    Fischer, Bob (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Naturalised Modal Epistemology

    Nolan, Daniel

    Pages 7-27

  • Empirically-Informed Modal Rationalism

    Tahko, Tuomas E.

    Pages 29-45

  • Modal Epistemology Without Detours

    Shalkowski, Scott A.

    Pages 47-66

  • The Epistemology of Modality and the Epistemology of Mathematics

    Bueno, Otávio

    Pages 67-83

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44309-6
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modal Epistemology After Rationalism
Editors
  • Bob Fischer
  • Felipe Leon
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
378
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44309-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44309-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44307-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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