Knowledge First?

2015.04.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aidan McGlynn, Knowledge First?, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 227pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137026453. Reviewed by Krista
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2015.04.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aidan McGlynn, Knowledge First?, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 227pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137026453. Reviewed by Krista Lawlor, Stanford University According to its proponents, “knowledge-first” philosophy arises when we admit the failure of “traditional epistemology” to deliver promised goods. The diagnosis is that the traditional view fundamentally misconceives the nature of knowledge. The traditional view takes knowledge to be an alloy of more basic elements, e.g., belief, justification, truth. The knowledge-first view in contrast claims that knowledge is an “unexplained explainer”: (i) Knowledge is not an alloy at all, but its own thing. What sort of thing? Timothy Williamson, knowledge-first’s champion, claims that knowledge is a factive mental state, irreducible to belief; (ii) knowledge (or the concept of knowledge) plays an ineliminable role in the explanation of a range of important phenomena —. . .

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