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Inquiry


reviewed by J. T. Dillon 1985

coverTitle: Inquiry
Author(s): Robert C. Stalnaker
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0262691132, Pages: , Year:
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Here is a book you cannot tell by its cover, a cover entirely occupied by three large question marks, under the title Inquiry. The content of the book says nothing at all about questioning or its like (e.g., hypothesizing, problem solving), and little if anything about inquiry as understood, howsoever variously, in educational thought and practice. I say this as a caution, not a criticism. Inquiry is a work of philosophy, and it is about beliefs. It presents an elegant, and technical, argument for Stalnaker’s novel position on the abstract structure of the enterprise of forming and revising beliefs about how the world is. Apart from an initial chapter of exposition, the narrative proceeds by argument: identifying a selected point in Stalnaker’s position; raising problems, objections, and criticisms to that point as treated by contrasting theories; and defending Stalnaker’s position while also affirming that of the others. The result is a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 1, 1985, p. 139-141
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 712, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:58:14 PM

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