The Reliability of Sense Perception
William P. Alston
This philosophical book delves into the reliability of our sense perception and the validity of our basic ways of forming beliefs. William P. Alston examines various arguments for the accuracy of sense perception and concludes that it's not possible to demonstrate its reliability in a noncircular way. He suggests that the most appropriate response is to appeal to the practical rationality of engaging in certain socially established belief-forming practices. This book is a must-read for epistemologists, cognitive scientists, and philosophers of science.
First Published in 1993