© 1984

Epistemic Analysis

A Coherence Theory of Knowledge


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 173)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-3
  2. Paul Ziff
    Pages 5-11
  3. Paul Ziff
    Pages 12-23
  4. Paul Ziff
    Pages 24-35
  5. Paul Ziff
    Pages 36-51
  6. Paul Ziff
    Pages 52-55
  7. Paul Ziff
    Pages 56-67
  8. Paul Ziff
    Pages 68-78
  9. Paul Ziff
    Pages 79-87
  10. Paul Ziff
    Pages 88-104
  11. Paul Ziff
    Pages 105-120
  12. Paul Ziff
    Pages 121-136
  13. Paul Ziff
    Pages 137-146
  14. Paul Ziff
    Pages 147-166
  15. Paul Ziff
    Pages 167-175
  16. Paul Ziff
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  17. Paul Ziff
    Pages 194-195
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 196-203

About this book


THIS ESSAY was begun a long time ago, in 1962, when I spent a year in Rome on a Guggenheim Fellowship. That twenty one years were required to complete it is owing both to the character of the theory presented and to my peculiar habits of mind. The theory presented is a coherence theory of knowledge: the con­ ception of coherence is here dominant and pervasive. But considera­ tions of coherence dictate an attention to details. The fact of the matter is that I get hung up on details: everything must fit, and if it does not, I do not want to proceed. A second difficulty was that all the epistemological issues seemed too clear. That may sound weird, but that's the way it is. I write philosophy to make things clear to myself. If, rightly or wrongly, I think I know the answer to a question, I can't bring myself to write it down. What happened, in this case, is that I finally became persuaded, in the course of lecturing on epistemology to under­ graduates, that not everything was as clear as it should be, that there were gaps in my presentation that were seriously in need of filling.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Epistemic Analysis
  • Book Subtitle A Coherence Theory of Knowledge
  • Authors Paul Ziff
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1751-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8396-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-7697-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 203
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Science
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