Review of 'Judgement and Justification' by William G. Lycan
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: The Philosophical Review, 101:906–08, 1992
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Author’s Introduction

  1. Judgement and Justfication completes William Lycan’s presentation of his views on cognition. With nine of the eleven chapters reworked from previously published articles, the book is not as cohesive or as deep as Lycan's Logical Form in Natural Language (MITIBradford, 1984) or Knowing Who (with Stephen Boer; MIT/Bradford, 1986). Nevertheless, it is a useful addition to the literature aiming to "naturalize" the mind by showing how cognitive phenomena fit into the (non-intentional, non-semantic) "closed causal order." Lycan is sensitive to the difficulties of this project, and he tackles them with vigor.
  2. The book has two parts.
    1. Part I, on philosophy of psychology, has chapters on the ontology of belief, the semantics of belief ascription, tacit belief, and psychological laws.
    2. Part II, on epistemic justification, has chapters on reliabilism, inference to the best explanation, the realism/ antirealism debate, and moral knowledge.
    I have space here for only a brief comment on each part.


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