Subject Area: Epistemology

Certainty and Surface in Epistemology and Philosophical Method
1991 0-7734-9711-0
A collection of articles by distinguished philosophers from the US and Europe on two central topics in epistemology, certainty and surfaces. Four of the ten articles discuss Avrum Stroll's Surfaces (1988), and the collection as a whole is intended to honor Stroll's work.

Discussion and Commentary on Kant's Critiques
1996 0-7734-8905-3
These four essays focus on various aspects of Kant's philosophical writings: first an explication of important features of the first Critique; a critical discussion of the relationship established between substance and time in the First Analogy; Kant's theory of morals and deontological ethics, its merits and demerits; and the final essay claims that in the Critique of Judgment, the concepts of imagination and judgment have been enlarged and altered in meaning to accommodate a new synthesis that must now be acknowledged in Kant's epistemology to account for human experience in its entirety.

Ethics of Timelessness
1994 0-7734-2295-1
This major philosophical discourse covers topics as diverse as time, causality, ethics, metaphysics, utopianism, politics, poetics, medicine, immunology, and theology. Its central thesis, that metaphysics is a science of immunology for the human spirit, reunites philosophy with its roots. Jacques Derrida has created a metaphysical virus, differance, which deconstructs the philosophical immune system, undermining the metaphysician's ability to defend the system against rhetorical attack. This work is an attempt to construct a superimmune system, consisting of a number of immune systems all operating in tandem, to defend both the physical and metaphysical systems against infection.

History of Philosophy From Decartes to Hegel Arthur Ritchie Lord
2006 0-7734-5589-2
These volumes collect and introduce the major writings of the British/South African philosopher Arthur Ritchie Lord (1880-1941). Regarded as one of the finest minds in South African philosophy in the early twentieth century, Lord nevertheless published little during his lifetime part from his The Principles of Politics (1921) and a few short essays. The editors of these volumes bring together not only Lord’s published work, but almost all of his previously-unpublished lectures and essays.

This work provides a survey of philosophy from Descartes to Hegel, found in unpublished manuscripts of the British/South African philosopher Arthur Ritchie Lord. These studies focus on what Lord called ‘logic’ – what would be considered today as metaphysics and epistemology. He adopted a strong historical approach to these issues, with extensive discussion of Hegel’s contributions. This work not only provides readers with a uniquely idealist reading of the history of modern philosophy, but helps to explain a much-misunderstood perspective on epistemology and metaphysics.

Irish Fiction and Postmodern Doubt - An Analysis of the Epistemological Crisis in Modern Irish Fiction
2004 0-7734-6518-9
This study situates three contemporary Irish novelists, Aidan Higgins, John Banville and Neil Jordan in the context of Modernist and Postmodernist literature. In order to map how these writers respond to the problems of epistemological doubt, their work is positioned beside that of other writers like Rushdie, Nabokov, Calvino, Garcia-Marquez and Robbe-Grillet. In addition, the opening chapter outlines a working position on the meaning and significance of Postmodernism, as it pertains to literary fiction, with particular reference to the work of Brian McHale, Ihab Hassan, Patricia Waugh, David Harvey, Richard Kearney and David Lodge. Although firmly rooted in Irish literary studies, this work represents a departure from recent critical work in Irish literature in that it seeks, responding to the specificity of the fictionalized concerns of these writers, to contextualize the fictions of Higgins, Banville and Jordan within Irish and international literary traditions, rather than in an Irish historical or political framework.

Is There a Distinctively African Way of Knowing (a Study of African Blacksmiths, Hunters, Healers, Griots, Elders, and Artists): Knowing and Theory of Knowledge in the African Experience
2015 1-4955-0277-5
This work investigates knowledge systems intrinsic to African civilizations to ascertain ways in which those systems can help validate or invalidate the argument pertaining to the existence of an African epistemology. This approach calls for a paradigm shift in conceptualizing and researching African epistemology free from Eurocentric and Afrocentric biases.

Kant and Mathematics Today Between Epistemology and Exact Sciences
1997 0-7734-8511-2
This study will lead to a picture of Kant and his first Critique quite different from most if not all earlier versions. It examines the first Critique as a whole, without becoming stuck in a quagmire of microscopic topics, and limits the study strictly relative to mathematics. The greatest emphasis is on the relevance and compatibility between Kant's epistemology and mathematics proper in the mainstream, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This study draws the boldest line of demarcation between mathematics and meta-mathematics.

Logic of Rational Theism Exploratory Essays
1990 0-88946-369-7
Covers three broad areas: religious epistemology, theistic arguments, and God's relationship to human life, value, and the world. Three essays evaluate and extend the recent suggestion that beliefs about God do not need discursive evidence to be held rationally. Four essays take up the contemporary interest in arguments for God's existence. Two consider the Kalam cosmological argument, a third the theological argument and its relationship to the Anthropic principle and a fourth develops an epistemological argument for God's existence. The remaining five essays consider the doctrine of God's providence, the meaning of life, the Euthyphro dilemma, the nature of death, and virtue theory.

Origins of Epistemology in Early Greek Thought a Study of Psyche and Logos in Heraclitus
1994 0-7734-9122-8
This study contributes to scholarship in five ways. It provides a unified framework within which to view the development of Presocratic thought; it points out three aspects of Xenophanes' skepticism, and shows that (and how) Heraclitus responded to each; it summarizes key issues concerning psyche and logos, and attempts to settle certain long-standing debates concerning them; it argues that Heraclitus' concepts of psyche and logos resulted from his need to construct an epistemological theory in order to counter Xenophanean skepticism; and it make use of various traditional Greek assumptions such as the principles of "like-to-like," the analogy of microcosm and macrocosm, and the concepts of balance and measure as exemplified in the ideal of sophrosune. In doing so, it illustrates the usefulness and importance of an approach to the Presocratics which takes into account then-contemporary beliefs which may seem odd to our own time.

Post-Modern Epistemology Language, Truth, and Body
1989 0-88946-324-7
Modern philosophy has been predicated on the assumption that knowledge is exclusively a function of the mind. Using the insights of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michael Polanyi, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the authors seek to trace out the implications of such a disembodied epistemology and critique the subject-object dichotomy that follows from these assumptions.

Pythagorean Intertext in Ovid's Metamorphoses a New Interpretation
1989 0-88946-398-0
The first study uncovering Pythagorean epistemology as the intertext of Ovid's masterpiece. Creates a completely new interpretation of this classic and its author.

Relationship Between Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology and Contextualization Understanding Truth
1999 0-7734-8217-2
This volume explores the relationship between epistemology, hermeneutics and contextualization by specialists making significant contributions to each of their fields and especially when they are taken in integration with the other disciplines. Epistemology issues are examined from the context of reformation traditions in a multicultural world, and the contribution of modern and post-modern philosophy. Epistemic issues from different eras are illustrated with literature, art and music. Biblical theology is championed as the textual arbiter between traditions. It offers a provocative integration of disciplines for scholars. Christian colleges and seminaries will find this a stimulating textbook for courses in philosophy, hermeneutics, or contextualization. Pastors and lay people will be interested in the topic for its call to truth, its answer to postmodernism, and practical aid in executing the hermeneutical process and contextualization.

What is Culture? Generating and Applying Cultural Knowledge
2010 0-7734-1320-0
This book presents a new theory of culture that attempts to present a unified taxonomy and lexicon of definitions of culture by various social scientists for use in the inter-disciplinary investigation of organizational culture. Both both qualitative and quantitative data is presented and analysed.