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Knowledge and the State of Nature: An Essay in Conceptual Synthesis
by Edward Craig
In this illuminating study Craig argues that the standard practice of analyzing the concept of knowledge has radical defects--arbitrary restriction of the subject matter and risky theoretical presuppositions. He proposes a new approach similar to the "state-of-nature" method found in political theory, building the concept up from a hypothesis about its social function and ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published April 8th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1990)
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I had to read this twice. First time I really struggled. The content is challenging and I kept thinking it was being deliberately opaque. Second time I got a lot more out of it. The overall thesis (that the concept of knowledge is tied to the requirements of being a good informant) is fascinating and has intriguing implications. I may have given it 4 stars if it hadn't made me feel so stupid first time round.