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The Realm of Reason

Christopher Peacocke


In his The Realm of Reason, the author proposes a theory that states the conditions under which a thinker can be said to be entitled to form a given belief. The author's ‘Generalised Rationalism’ is based on three principles of rationalism, each framed as a claim about the relation of entitlement. The theory is rationalist in that it holds, against empiricism, that some entitlements are a priori, i.e. justified independently of experience; it is generalised in that it holds that all kinds of content have a component that is a priori. The status of these entitlements as a priori is founded in a ... More

Keywords: a priori, belief, Christopher Peacocke, content, empiricism, entitlement, experience, explanation, Generalized Rationalism, induction, meaning, moral judgements, Perception, Rationalism, Rationality, Reason, reference, truth, understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270729
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199270724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Peacocke, author
Department of Philosophy, New York University
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