© 1987

Forbidden Knowledge

And Other Essays on the Philosophy of Cognition


Part of the Episteme book series (EPIS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 1-16
  3. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 17-27
  4. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 28-43
  5. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 44-57
  6. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 58-77
  7. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 78-82
  8. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 83-92
  9. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 113-134
  10. Nicholas Rescher
    Pages 135-144
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 145-154

About this book


This volume collects together eleven essays in epistemology, written during the past three years. They are mostly unpublished, just four of them having appeared previously (numbers two, three, four and eleven). Detailed acknowledgement of prior publication is made in the notes to the relevant chapters. I am indebted to the editors of the several publications involved for their kind permission to use this material. And I am particularly grateful to my friend, Professor Mario Bunge, for his interest in my work and for his willingness to include this sample of it in his 'Episteme' series. NICHOLAS RESCHER Pittsburgh, PA December, 1986 xi INTRODUCTION The philosophy of knowledge covers a vast and enormously diversified terrain. Within this broad area, the essays that comprise the present book deal specifically with the following issues: 1. The moral dimension of inquiry - in particular, scientific inquiry into the ways of the world (Chapter 1) 2. The epistemic status of such cognitive 'values' of inquiry as - coherence (Chapter 2) - consistency (Chapter 3) - completeness (Chapter 4) 3. The cognitive bearing of probabilistic considerations (Chapters 5 and 6) 4. The epistemic status of certain ideal desiderata of cognition, such as - totality (Chapter 7) - precision (Chapter 8) - exactness (Chapter 9) 5.


David Hume Immanuel Kant epistemology knowledge reason

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forbidden Knowledge
  • Book Subtitle And Other Essays on the Philosophy of Cognition
  • Authors N. Rescher
  • Series Title Episteme
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2410-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8178-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3771-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 154
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
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