Uncovering Facts and Values: Studies in Contemporary Epistemology and Political Philosophy


This volume addresses issues in epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. It contains new papers on issues such as semantic theory of truth, sandwich theory of knowledge, American pragmatism and scepticism, arguments from ignorance, infallibilism and fallibilism, justification and confirmation, Tarski’s T-schema, experimental results and ordinary truth, epistemic comparativism and experiments, epiphenomenlism and eliminativism about the mental, the identity theory of truth, thoughts and facts, metaontological maximalism and minimalism, morality and rights, aggregation of value judgements and aggregation of preferences, conditional and unconditional ethics, the role of the theory of evolution in moral epistemology, global and international political community, Rawls' views on cosmopolitanism and global justice, international distributive justice.

Contributors are: Tomasz Bigaj, Krzysztof Brzechczyn, Tadeusz Buksiński, Robin Cameron, Jan B. Deręgowski, Nigel Dower, Adam Grobler, Jesper Kallestrup, Adrian Kuźniar, Justyna Miklaszewska, Joanna Miksa, Joanna Odrowąż-Sypniewska, Katarzyna Paprzycka, Krzysztof Posłajko, Wlodek Rabinowicz, John Skorupski, Leslie Stevenson, Piotr Szałek, Tadeusz Szubka, Joseph Ulatowski, Jan Woleński, Rafał Wonicki, Anna Wójtowicz, Renata Ziemińska
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Biographical Note

Joanna Odrowąż-Sypniewska, Ph.D. (1999) University of Warsaw, (2001) St Andrews University, is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. Her main research interests are in philosophy of language and metaphysics. She has published three monographs in Polish and many papers both in Polish and in English.

Adrian Kuźniar, Ph.D. (2007), University of Warsaw, is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at that university. His research focuses on metaethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. He authored a monograph in Polish devoted to the defence of metaethical expressivism.

Table of contents

Jan B. Deręgowski: Władysław Bednarowski (1908–2002): A Personal Recollection
Wlodek Rabinowicz: Aggregation of Value Judgments Differs from Aggregation of Preferences
Jesper Kallestrup: Knowing from not Knowing
Jan Woleński: Formal and Informal Aspects of the Semantic Theory of Truth
Joseph Ulatowski: Ordinary Truth in Tarski and Næss
Adam Grobler: The Sandwich Theory of Knowledge
James R. Cameron: Infallibilism, Fallibilism and Closure: Brains in Vats and Mein Herr on Maps
Anna Wójtowicz, Tomasz Bigaj: Justification, Confirmation, and the Problem of Mutually Exclusive Hypotheses
Renata Ziemińska: American Pragmatists’ Response to Skepticism
Joanna Odrowąż-Sypniewska: Comparativism, Question-Sensitivity and Experiments
Tadeusz Szubka: Metaontological Maximalism and Minimalism: Fine versus Horwich
Piotr Szałek: Truth, Thoughts and Facts
Krzysztof Posłajko: From Epiphenomenalism to Eliminativism?
Katarzyna Paprzycka: Intention, Knowledge, and Disregard for Norms: The Omissions Account and Holton’s Account of the Asymmetric Intentionality Attributions
Leslie Stevenson: Intentions, Actions and the Human Mind
Adrian Kuźniar: A Critical Analysis of Peter Singer’s Views on the Role of the Theory of Evolution in Moral Epistemology
Tadeusz Buksiński: Conditional and Unconditional Ethics
John Skorupski: The Grotian Concept of a Right
Nigel Dower: Global and International Political Community
Rafał Wonicki: The Search for a Liberal Moderate Theory of International Distributive Justice
Justyna Miklaszewska: Rawls on Cosmopolitanism and Global Justice
Joanna Miksa: State and Education in Kantian Political Philosophy
Krzysztof Brzechczyn: On the Evolution of the Political Thought of the Independent
Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarność,” 1980−1981: An Attempt at Interpretation


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