Philosophy of Roderick Chisholm

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One of America's most eminent and influential philosophers, Roderick Chisholm has the ability to inform contemporary issues with analyses which are culled from historical sources. He was a Platonist in the mold of another eminent philosopher, Bertrand Russell.


The broad range of Chisholm's work, whether it is a discussion on counterfactuals or sense perception and whether it invokes Thomas Reid, all displays an insightful intersection of traditional and contemporary argumentation. Chisholm always proceeded with his work as if he thought that all of the philosophical problems he confronted were among the most worthwhile and engaging problems a person could confront. These questions can cover a wide range of queries: Who am I What am I What are the probability or assurances that I will be able to continue to exist in some way after I die How do I know What can I know How can I know it What would make my life better for me over time What specific aspects would make this world a better place
Chisholm's doctoral dissertation which he did in 1942 discussed extensively the fundamental propositions of empirical knowledge. He had wanted to formulate some general principles that may explain the specific circumstances under which an empirical proposition is epistemically justified.
A scholar, Chisholm gives the respect for reliable sources in the history of philosophy. He also tends to highlight the subtlety and rigidity of ancient philosophical problems. ...
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