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An Empiricist Theory of Knowledge
by Bruce Aune
Overview
. A twenty first century conception of logical empiricism.
Devoted centrally to an exposition of a kind of logical empiricim, which includes re-instatement of the analytic/synthetic dichotomy, some kind of moderation of metaphysics (?) but avoids the principle of verification and phenomenal reductionism.
Chapter One: WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE
Chapter Two: THE CLAIMS OF RATIONALISM
Chapter Four: PROPERTIES AND CONCEPTS
Chapter Five: OBSERVATIONAL KNOWLEDGE
Chapter Six: MEMORY AND A POSTERIORI KNOWLEDGE
APPENDICES
PREFACE
Devoted centrally to an exposition of a kind of logical empiricim, which includes re-instatement of the analytic/synthetic dichotomy, some kind of moderation of metaphysics (?) but avoids the principle of verification and phenomenal reductionism.

When Aune began his philosophical career empiricism was received wisdom. It has since been repudiated, with the rejection of the analytic/synthetic distinction, and the emergence of a new kind of metaphysics.

Aune regards this as a backward step, and it is the purpose of this book to put forward and defend his own empiricist position.

Rudolf Carnap's philosophy is widely known primarily in its earliest manifestations. His mature philosophy is not well known but answers many of the criticisms which have been levelled at Logical Positivism, including those of Quine against the concept of analyticity.

The other principle factor in the eclipse of logical empiricism was the rise of "epistemological rationalism". In this context Aune mentions Kripke and Chisholm. The book responds generically to certain positions more or less close to that of Chisholm.
Chapter Three: EMPIRICISM AND THE A PRIORI
Quine's Criticism of Analyticity

Quine's Later View of Analytic Truth
Analyticity, Logic, and Everyday Language
Analyticity Extended
Some Examples and Arguments by Kripke
Beliefs, Propositions and Analyticity


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