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It is on the basis of the structural properties of aggregates of sense-perceptions that we learn about the external world. Any given perception is content indeterminate.

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Great book

The book is easy to read an introduction to the Two contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge. John-Michael Kuczynski does deliver his intended objective in a clear and easy to understand way. I like the way he presented the different views of philosophers to the different aspects to the topic without saying which would be his preferred way; thus he leaves it up to the reader/ listener. This book covers some great knowledge and ideas to Berkeley's Refutation of Foundationalism and Intentionalism and Foundationalism. As with many books, after a few, you might have heard of some of the content, but there was plenty in this book, that I had not heard elsewhere. Hard to find anywhere else. The lecturer is a great speaker and the lectures are short enough to cover several per day with ease. Simple examples are used to bridge the gap of understanding for the novice philosopher while moving quickly enough to keep one engaged. There are points made that will make you really think, about how it is that you know what you know. Anyone interested in the philosophy of knowledge should find this rewarding and enjoyable, although maybe you would need to have some familiarity with the subject.

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Fantastic

An interesting audiobook to listen to! J.-M. Kuczynski is a former philosophy professor (Ph.D. UCSB, 2006) turned entrepreneur-consultant. He used his expertise in mathematical modeling and cognitive science to provide individual and institutional clients with rigorous econometric and psychometric analysis. Listening to this book helped me to think in logical terms. Two Contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge offers a clear, unbiased, and thorough introduction to the fundamental problems and theories of knowledge. J.-M. Kuczynski does an excellent job of precisely defining any technical terms he uses and also of fairly presenting the alternative approaches to each problem. He also points out what philosophers and books to seek out for further study. The narration and performance matched the content which helped me retain the information. In other words, it was a serious delivery. An extremely comprehensive collection of logical rules with good explanations. Highly recommend. I've cited this work many times when writing. Definitely enjoyed it and looking forward to reading more by this author.

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Well-written

Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find it hard to stop listening. Berkeley’s philosophy denies the existence of matter. According to his work, there is no material world, only our own experience. So when you don’t see something, it isn’t there. Then how does the world persist? Because it is supported by the continuous perception of an all-seeing God. Berkeley’s ideas appear to take empiricism to a ludicrous extreme. But is this quite so absurd as it seems? We are frequently forced to abandon common sense and the obvious in order to progress beyond the immediate muddle of everyday existence towards what we consider to be the truths of science. A really fascinating overview of Berkeley's Refutation of Foundationalism and Intentionalism and Foundationalism. If you are looking for a detailed guide to know about the Two contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge, then get this book.

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Nice info about intentionalism

Intentionalism wants a metaphysically necessary relationship between the representational and the phenomenal; not a merely causal, contingent one. Obviously, if intentionalism is not true across species, then a given bit of representational content can be realized by very different phenomenal contents, and there is no longer any kind of reduction of the phenomenal to the mental, and thus no explanation of the phenomenon in terms of the representational (at least none along intentionalist lines). But the interest of intentionalism is surely not that it registers the idiosyncrasies of species, but that it captures some kind necessary fact about the relationship between phenomenal and representational content. And if this relationship doesn’t hold across species, then that relationship isn’t necessary. And it probably – almost assuredly - doesn’t hold across species.

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Unique book

This book provides a historical narrative of the contingent ways in which anti-foundationalism has been brought to the study of British politics from within critical, socialist traditions. It starts by briefly mentioning some of the less contentious implications for social philosophy. It also explains why anti-foundational philosophy is compatible with diverse approaches to political science and considers the implications of the analysis of anti-foundationalism for its place in the study of British politics.

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Great arguments between Sellars and Berkeley

Great arguments between Sellars and Berkeley on antifoundationalism. The most notable product of the foundationalist and anti-foundationalist exchange has undoubtedly been a process in which we have seen the proliferation of self-reflection, theoretical pluralism and tolerance, and convergent views of roles and themes within the social sciences. At the same time, there is reason to be concerned that the anti-foundational movement undermines the very stability “of the foundations on which it began to build its institution.

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Eye-opener book

Truly one of the most eye-opening experiences of reading I have ever done. Berkeley's Idealism gives me a new perspective on the world as I previously had known it and gives me a substance to challenge my past prejudices on the matter. Berkeley's Idealism still stands as a pillar of how radical thought can still challenge even the most sound beliefs we may hold.

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Recommended

Berkeley's probably the most interesting of the early modern philosophers in terms of his ideas not really being at all close to how we look at the world today. I would recommend it if you're trying to get into philosophy without getting bogged down in jargon and overly academic language.

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Wonderful insights

A wonderful insight into the two contributions to an anti-foundationalist theory of knowledge. New things learned, especially to George Berkeley. Berkeley reasons that philosophy has gotten away from common sense, and that the way to make philosophy and natural science more accessible is to use the vocabulary and understanding of the 'vulgar' masses. The arguments are interesting, the arguments well-supported, and possible objections deftly handled.

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It is very in depth and interesting

It is very in-depth and interesting. Gained info on what intentionalism and foundationalism are. Antifoundationalism is the position of many philosophers. An antifoundationalist believes that life is defined by personal experiences. Therefore a person's view of life is an "ongoing self-corrective process" in which "knowledge changes with time." Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying it!

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  • Joanna Dy
  • 17-08-20

Definitely enjoyed it

An interesting audiobook to listen to! J.-M. Kuczynski is a former philosophy professor (Ph.D. UCSB, 2006) turned entrepreneur-consultant. He used his expertise in mathematical modeling and cognitive science to provide individual and institutional clients with rigorous econometric and psychometric analysis. Listening to this book helped me to think in logical terms. Two Contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge offers a clear, unbiased, and thorough introduction to the fundamental problems and theories of knowledge. J.-M. Kuczynski does an excellent job of precisely defining any technical terms he uses and also of fairly presenting the alternative approaches to each problem. He also points out what philosophers and books to seek out for further study. The narration and performance matched the content which helped me retain the information. In other words, it was a serious delivery. An extremely comprehensive collection of logical rules with good explanations. Highly recommend. I've cited this work many times when writing. Definitely enjoyed it and looking forward to reading more by this author.

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  • 13-08-20

Love it

The book is easy to read the introduction to the Two contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge. John-Michael Kuczynski does deliver his intended objective in a clear and easy to understand way. I like the way he presented the different views of philosophers to the different aspects to the topic without saying which would be his preferred way; thus he leaves it up to the reader/ listener. This book covers some great knowledge and ideas to Berkeley's Refutation of Foundationalism and Intentionalism and Foundationalism. As with many books, after a few, you might have heard of some of the content, but there was plenty in this book, that I had not heard elsewhere. Hard to find anywhere else. The lecturer is a great speaker and the lectures are short enough to cover several per day with ease. Simple examples are used to bridge the gap of understanding for the novice philosopher while moving quickly enough to keep one engaged. There are points made that will make you really think, about how it is that you know what you know. Anyone interested in the philosophy of knowledge should find this rewarding and enjoyable, although maybe you would need to have some familiarity with the subject.

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  • Jennyvie
  • 21-08-20

Wonderful book

Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find it hard to stop listening. Berkeley’s philosophy denies the existence of matter. According to his work, there is no material world, only our own experience. So when you don’t see something, it isn’t there. Then how does the world persist? Because it is supported by the continuous perception of an all-seeing God. Berkeley’s ideas appear to take empiricism to a ludicrous extreme. But is this quite so absurd as it seems? We are frequently forced to abandon common sense and the obvious in order to progress beyond the immediate muddle of everyday existence towards what we consider to be the truths of science. A really fascinating overview of Berkeley's Refutation of Foundationalism and Intentionalism and Foundationalism. If you are looking for a detailed guide to know about the Two contributions to an Anti-Foundationalist Theory of Knowledge, then get this book.

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  • 17-08-20

A wonderful insights

A wonderful insight into the two contributions to an anti-foundationalist theory of knowledge. New things learned, especially to George Berkeley. Berkeley reasons that philosophy has gotten away from common sense, and that the way to make philosophy and natural science more accessible is to use the vocabulary and understanding of the 'vulgar' masses. The arguments are interesting, the arguments well-supported, and possible objections deftly handled.

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  • Mellorz David
  • 14-08-20

I wholeheartedly recommend it

This is some of the best written early modern philosophy I have read. Berkeley's radical immaterialism may not have been popular in his day, but he really did influence thinkers. More than anything else, Berkeley writes clearly and persuasively, something I cannot say for many of his contemporaries. In general, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy, particularly in metaphysics and epistemology.

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  • Tristan
  • 18-08-20

Recommended

Among other books I have read and listen to, this is probably one of the most eccentric theories in all of philosophy. Initially, it seems completely implausible, but Berkeley's genius is such that an idea with apparently little to recommend it becomes a live option by the end of the book. The genius of the argument is in its simplicity; it could be expressed in probably a page or two of prose at the most. Thus, much of the book is dealing with the rebuttal of potential criticism.

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  • Barbara Bennet
  • 17-08-20

It is very in-depth and interesting

It is very in-depth and interesting. Gained info on what intentionalism and foundationalism are. Antifoundationalism is the position of many philosophers. An antifoundationalist believes that life is defined by personal experiences. Therefore a person's view of life is an "ongoing self-corrective process" in which "knowledge changes with time." Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying it!

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  • lawrence
  • 16-08-20

Recommended

Berkeley's idealism started a revolution in philosophy. Regardless if you are an amateur, a philosophy major, or a Berkeley scholar, this fine collection of Berkeley's complete works and relevant excerpts has all that is needed to study his philosophical thought.

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  • C. Walker
  • 15-08-20

Simple and clear

The writing is clear, the philosophy is simple, and their epistemological system is completely summarized. Berkeley is no exception. He sets out to rid the world of abstractions, and abstract ideas, especially Platonic forms. Berkeley gives every materialist, in his time, hitherto, a run for their money.

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  • Perez Billy
  • 14-08-20

Great book to know about Berkeley

A great book to know about Berkeley's Refutation of Foundationalism. I can't imagine that there is anywhere a better short introduction to Berkeley's thought, the issues that motivated his work, and where he fits into the history of philosophy both before and after his time. If someone were just starting out reading Western philosophy and wondered where to begin, I would recommend Berkeley as the best place to start.

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