Ignorance: (On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge)

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$51.75
Publisher
University of Pittsburgh Press
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Pages
160
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822960140
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About the Author
Nicholas Rescher was Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and co-chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, the Leibniz Society of North America, the Charles S. Peirce Society, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Metaphysical Society of America. Rescher was the author or editor of more than one hundred books, including Ignorance (On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge), Philosophical Inquiries: An Introduction to Problems of Philosophy, and A Journey through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes.
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"At eighty, Nicholas Rescher continues to be an American philosophical treasure. His latest work, Ignorance, is a wide-ranging but thorough-indeed, exhaustive-analysis of the varieties of ignorance and the implications thereof. Along the way, considerations are given to not just ordinary types of deficient knowledge, but also the elements of ignorance as limits to scientific knowledge. Rescher's work opens up new perspectives in a woefully understudied but major field in epistemology. It will be required reading for everyone concerned with understanding the anatomy of knowledge."
--George Gale, University of Missouri-Kansas City
"The cumulative effect of Rescher's examination is the conclusion that our understanding of ignorance may be more important in a practical sense than our efforts to understand or define knowledge. The many reasons that lead Rescher and us to that conclusion are ultimately pragmatic, reaffirming once again that he is our most important living pragmatist. This is a must-read for anyone interested in escaping from the standard contemporary approaches to epistemology."
--Joseph C. Pitt, Virginia Tech

"Rescher has written an exciting and provocative book that will be of interest to epistemologists and philosophers of science alike. He successfully combines the spirit of Socrates with the earthiness of Peirce."
--Metascience