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Alston, William P.

Works: 125 works in 461 publications in 5 languages and 15,374 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Translator, Creator, Dedicatee, Commentator
Classifications: P105, 121
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Perceiving God : the epistemology of religious experience by William P Alston( )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 2,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Table of Contents Perceiving God : The Epistemology of Religious Experience by Alston, William P. Terms of Use Acknowledgments p. xi Introduction p. i Chapter 1 The Experience of God: a Perceptual Model p. 9 Chapter 2 Epistemic Justification: Perceptual and Otherwise p. 68 Chapter 3 The Reliability of Sense Perception: a Case Study p. 102 Chapter 4 A """"Doxastic Practice"""" Approach to Epistemology p. 146 Chapter 5 The Christian Mystical Perceptual Doxastic Practice (Cmp) p. 184 Chapter 6 Can the Christian Mystical Perceptual Doxastic Practice Be Shown to Be Unreliable? p. 226 Chapter 7 The Problem of Religious Diversity p. 255 Chapter 8 The Place of Experience in the Grounds of Religious Belief p. 286 Bibliography p. 309 Index p. 315 Descriptive content provided by Syndetics"! a Bowker service
Illocutionary acts and sentence meaning by William Payne Alston( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is it for a sentence to have a certain meaning? This is the question that William P. Alston addresses in this contribution to the philosophy of language. His answer focuses on the given sentence's potential to play the role that its speaker had in mind - what he terms the usability of the sentence to perform the illocutionary act intended by its speaker." "Alston defines an illocutionary act as an act of saying something with a certain content. He develops his account of what it is to perform such acts in terms of taking responsibility, in uttering a sentence, for the existence of certain conditions."
Philosophy of language by William P Alston( Book )

26 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond "justification" : dimensions of epistemic evaluation by William P Alston( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of the writing in Anglo-American epistemology in the twentieth century focused on the conditions for beliefs being "justified." In a book that seeks to shift the ground of debate within theory of knowledge, William P. Alston finds that the century-long search for a correct account of the nature and conditions of epistemic justification misses the point. Alston calls for that search to be suspended and for talk of epistemic justification to cease. He proposes instead an approach to the epistemology of belief that focuses on the evaluation of various "epistemic desiderata" that may be satisfied by beliefs."--Jacket
A sensible metaphysical realism by William P Alston( )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy in America : essays by Max Black( Book )

22 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of fourteen original essays on a variety of philosophical topics by some of the most talented younger American philosophers, specially commissioned for this volume. Previous anthologies in this series have consisted of contributions by philosophers of established reputation. By choosing now to present to a wide public the work of young philosophers still on their way to "the top", the editor hopes to enable the common reader as well as the specialist to become acquainted with some of the best of the lively and penetrating work of philosophical investigation of a younger generation.--From publisher description
A realist conception of truth by William P Alston( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alston discusses different realist accounts of truth, examining what they do and do not imply. He distinguishes his version, which he characterizes as "minimalist," from various "deflationary" accounts, all of which deny that asserting the truth of a proposition attributes a property of truth to it. He also examines alethic realism in relation to a variety of metaphysical realisms. Finally, Alston argues for the importance - theoretical and practical - of assessing the truth value of statements, beliefs, and propositions
The reliability of sense perception by William P Alston( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why suppose that sense perception is an accurate source of information about the physical environment? More generally, is it possible to demonstrate that our basic ways of forming beliefs are reliable? In this book, a leading analytic philosopher confronts this classic problem through detailed investigation of sense perception, the source of beliefs in which we place the most confidence. Carefully assessing the available arguments, William P. Alston concludes that it is not possible to show in any noncircular way that sense perception is a reliable source of beliefs.Alston thoroughly examines the main arguments that have been advanced for the reliability of sense perception, including arguments from the various kinds of success we achieve by relying on the sense perception, arguments that some features of our sense experience are best explained by supposing that it is an accurate guide, and arguments that there is something conceptually incoherent about the idea that sense perception is not reliable. He concludes that all of these arguments that are not disqualified in other ways are epistemically circular, for they use premises based upon the very source in question. Alston then suggest that the most appropriate response to the impossibility of showing that our basic sources of beliefs are reliable is an appeal to the practical rationality of engaging in certain socially established belief-forming practices. The Reliability of Sense Perception will be welcome by epistemologists, cognitive scientists, and philosophers of science
Readings in twentieth-century philosophy by William Payne Alston( Book )

21 editions published between 1963 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious belief and philosophical thought : readings in the philosophy of religion by William P Alston( Book )

12 editions published in 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epistemic justification : essays in the theory of knowledge by William P Alston( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epistemic Justification collects twelve distinguished and influential essays in epistemology by William P. Alston taken from a body of work spanning almost two decades. They represent the gradual development of Alston's thought in epistemology. He concentrates on topics that are central to contemporary epistemology and provides a much-needed and useful map to these issues be explicitly distinguishing and interrelating concepts of justification used in epistemology. More important, he develops and defends his own distinctive epistemic view throughout the volume. Notably, he argues for an account of justification that combines both internalist and externalist features. In addition, he discusses various forms of foundationalism and supports a moderate form. Finally, Alston demonstrates that the epistemic circularity that often plagues our attempts to validate our basic sources of belief does not prevent our showing that they are reliable sources of knowledge
The problems of philosophy by William P Alston( Book )

16 editions published between 1974 and 1979 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divine nature and human language : essays in philosophical theology by William P Alston( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Realism & antirealism by William P Alston( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the past century, a debate has raged over the thesis of realism and its alternatives. In this volume of original essays, a group of philosophers explores the ongoing controversy
Faith, reason, and skepticism : essays by Marcus B Hester( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Original essays provide a dialogue between four of the most distinguished scholars now working on problems of faith, reason, and skepticism
The problems of philosophy; introductory readings by William P Alston( Book )

10 editions published between 1967 and 1973 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rationality of belief & the plurality of faith : essays in honor of William P. Alston( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A veritable who's who in the field of contemporary philosophy of religion here considers various issues in the epistemology of religious beliefs. The writings of William P. Alston, the leading figure in the revival of the Anglo-American philosophy of religion, provide the focus of these essays, all but two previously unpublished. Philosophers of religion, epistemologists, metaphysicians, and theologians will find in this volume some of the most important work available in the theory of knowledge and the epistemic status of religious belief." "Essays are arranged in three sections: Natural Theology and the Knowledge of God, The Epistemology of Religious Experience, and Religious Pluralism. Collectively they create a dialogue on some of today's urgent issues in religion, including religious diversity."--Jacket
Gott wahrnehmen : die Erkenntnistheorie religiöser Erfahrung by William P Alston( )

5 editions published in 2006 in German and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit diesem klaren und provokativen erkenntnistheoretischen Ansatz im Bereich der Religionsphilosophie argumentiert William P. Alston, dass die Wahrnehmung Gottes eines der wichtigsten Beiträge zu den Gründen des religiösen Glaubens liefert. Dabei spielt sein Begriff des direkten erfahrungsmäßigen Bewusstsein eine entscheidende Rolle. Nach einem Überblick über verschiedene berichtete direkte Gotteserfahrungen zeigt Alston, dass eine Person auf der Grundlage der mystischen Erfahrung berechtigt ist, an Gott zu glauben. ""Dieses großartige Buch ist die Frucht von Jahrzehnten des Reifens und der du
Filosofía del lenguaje by William P Alston( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1985 in Spanish and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of language by William Payne Alston( Book )

6 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A realist conception of truth
Illocutionary acts and sentence meaningBeyond "justification" : dimensions of epistemic evaluationA sensible metaphysical realismA realist conception of truthThe reliability of sense perceptionEpistemic justification : essays in the theory of knowledgeRealism & antirealismFaith, reason, and skepticism : essays
Alternative Names
Alston, W. P. 1921-

Alston, W.P. 1921-2009

Alston, William 1921-

Alston, William 1921-2009

Alston, William P

Alston, William P., 1921-2009

Alston, William Payne

Alston, William Payne 1921-

Alston, William Payne 1921-2009

Alstūn, Wīlīam P. 1921-

Alstūn, Wīlīam P. 1921-2009

Alstūn, Wīliyam P. 1921-

Alstūn, Wīliyam P. 1921-2009

Vilyam Alston

William Alston Amerikaans filosoof

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Уильям Олстон

وليام ألستون

ویلیام آلستون فیلسوف آمریکایی

올스턴, 윌리엄 P

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