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Unknowability: An Inquiry Into the Limits of Knowledge
The realities of mankind's cognitive situation are such that our knowledge of the world's ways is bound to be imperfect. None the less, the theory of unknowability agnoseology as some have called it is a rather underdeveloped branch of philosophy. In this philosophically rich and groundbreaking work, Nicholas Rescher aims to remedy this. As the heart of the discussion is ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Lexington Books
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Rescher demonstrates, from within the interstices of traditional Logic, the essential class of unknowable truths to be a necessary feature borne out of finite cognitive abilities. His classification of unknowabilities according to their origin in evolutionary impredictability, verificational surdity, ontological excess, and vagrant predicates is built into a robust formal logical, and multi-value semantic-pragmatic, account of the individuated unspecifiability, unexemplifiability, and ...more