Baffling phenomena: and other studies in the philosophy of knowledge and valuation
These 11 recent essays on the theory of knowledge and valuation fall into three major groups: issues in the theory of knowledge, aspects of philosophic inquiry itself, and how our factual and evaluative knowledge combine in the process of rational decision. The final essay examines philosophy's attempts to come to grips with the future-that most illusive of all domains of inquiry. Throughout, the linking theme is that of complexity and interconnectedness.
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The Principle of Sufficient Reason Then and Now
How Wide Is the Gap Between Facts and Values?
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