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Epistemology, Science and Cognition

The papers collected in this volume focus on the phenomenon of cognition from the epistemological point of view in the light of the linguistic and the cognitivist shift in philosophy in general and in philosophy of science in p....read below

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The papers collected in this volume focus on the phenomenon of cognition from the epistemological point of view in the light of the linguistic and the cognitivist shift in philosophy in general and in philosophy of science in particular.

The recognition that psychology and cognitive science are central to the epistemological enterprise has led to a shift in the locus of evaluation from knowledge claims to belief formation in individual knowers. Psychological processes thus become primary objects of epistemic evaluations. The questions then are: (1) How are these processes to be evaluated?; (2) Given the limitations of a cognitive agent, how reliable are the methods employed by the cognitive architecture of the agent?; (3) How can the notion of reason and rationality be reconfigured so as to be tied to the new epistemology?; (4) Does the cognitivist approach help us to transcend the normativist-naturalist dichotomy?; (5) What light does the new approach shed on the rules of scientific and day-to-day reasoning?; (6) What is the significance of the new developments in epistemology in relation to the nature and limits of modelling as the basis of science as a cognitive enterprise. In dealing with these and similar other questions, the papers shed light upon the core concepts of epistemology (Western and Indian) such as concepts of meaning, reference, truth, justification, rationality etc.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921548
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921540
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : viii, 392p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Indices
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 550 gm

Acknowledgement 
Introduction 

PART I
Epistemology and Cognition

1. Six Responses to Skepticism 

-- Sandhya Basu

2. Skepticism and Dretske's Zebra

-- Laxminarayan Lenka

3. Naiyayika Externalism and Gettier-like Counter Examples

-- C.A. Tomy

4. Matilal's Analysis of Contemporary Indian Approaches to Epistemology

-- K. Srinivas

5. Rationality Thought and Language 

-- Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty

6. Knowledge, Belief and Human Rationality 

-- Smita Sirker

7. Rationality and Reasoning with Metaphors 

-- Bipin Indurkhya

8. Epistemology and Knowledge Representation: A Cognitive-Historical Approach to Philosophy of Science

-- Amitabha Gupta

PART II
Cognition and Science

9. Explanation, Causation and Physical Necessity: From the Standpoint of Internal Realism

-- Chhanda Gupta

10. The Observational-Theoretical Distinction Revisited 

-- Kausik Bhattacharya

11. On Inter-Theoretic Incommensurability in Science 

-- Milan Desai

12. Creativity and the Growth of Scientific Knowledge 

-- Manjari Chakrabarty

PART III
Cognition and Mind

13. How Did the Faculty of Language Evolve? 
A Debate between Chomsky and Pinker

-- Amita Chatterjee

14. Content Externalism versus Eliminative Materialism: A Case Against Scientism

-- Manidipa Sen

15. Empirical Knowledge and the Inner-Outer Distinction

-- Madhucchanda Sen

List of Contributors 
Subject Index 
Author Index

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