Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law

2014.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claudia Blöser, Mikael Janvid, Hannes Ole Matthiessen, and Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge,
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2014.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claudia Blöser, Mikael Janvid, Hannes Ole Matthiessen, and Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law, Rodopi, 2013, 257pp., $78.40 (pbk), ISBN 9789042037618. Reviewed by Matthew Lister, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit This volume is based on papers presented at a conference on defeasibility in ethics, epistemology, law, and logic that took place at the Goethe University in Frankfurt in 2010. The subtitle (“Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law”) better reflects the content than does the title of the original conference. None of the papers focuses directly or primarily on defeasible reasoning in logic, though a few touch on this indirectly. Nor are the papers evenly split among the topics. Six are primarily about epistemology, four about responsibility, and one each focuses on agency and the law. This. . .

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