Laurence BonJour

Laurence BonJour
Born 31 August 1943
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic
Main interests
Notable ideas
coherence theory of knowledge, a priori knowledge

Laurence BonJour (born August 31, 1943) is an American philosopher and Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Washington.[1]

Education and Career

He received his bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Macalester College and his doctorate in 1969 from Princeton University with a dissertation directed by Richard Rorty. Before moving to UW he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.[2]

Philosophical Work

His areas of specialty include epistemology, Kant, and British empiricism.

BonJour is best known for his contributions to epistemology. Initially defending coherentism in his anti-foundationalist critique The Structure of Empirical Knowledge, BonJour has since moved to defend Cartesian foundationalism in such works as Epistemology and In Defense of Pure Reason. The latter book is a sustained defense of a priori justification, strongly criticizing empiricists and pragmatists who dismiss it (such as W. V. O. Quine and Richard Rorty).




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  1. Bernecker, Sven (2006). Reading Epistemology: Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 139. ISBN 1-4051-2763-5. Retrieved January 28, 2011.

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