Contemporary Debates in Epistemology

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Eleven pairs of newly commissioned essays face off on opposite sides of fundamental problems in current theories of knowledge. This distinctive format offers readers a unique opportunity to observe philosophers engaging in head-to-head debate. The essays are centered on three core areas of epistemology: skepticism, the foundations of knowledge, and justification.
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Overview

Eleven pairs of newly commissioned essays face off on opposite sides of fundamental problems in current theories of knowledge. This distinctive format offers readers a unique opportunity to observe philosophers engaging in head-to-head debate. The essays are centered on three core areas of epistemology: skepticism, the foundations of knowledge, and justification.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Overall, Contemporary Debates in Epistemology is an excellent collection of essays on some of the most important issues in contemporary epistemology. The topics debated in this volume are of interest to epistemologists and laypersons alike. Further, the volume is very versatile pedagogically." (Science & Education, 1 May 2011)

"[The] point/counterpoint format, sometimes with responses from the disputants, pits authors in a dialogue, thereby making for enjoyable reading. Highly recommended." Choice

“This book is packed with cutting-edge epistemology by excellent contributors to the field. It is both comprehensive and admirably brief.” Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame

“What are the burning problems of today’s epistemology? What are the most promising solutions to these problems? They are all in this timely volume, explained and debated by leading authorities.” Alvin Goldman, Rutgers University

“With leading and emerging figures in epistemology debating some of its most fundamental questions, this volume will be required reading for anyone interested in where the theory of knowledge has been and where it is going. A superb collection.” Paul Boghossian, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470672099
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Series: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 485,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Steup is Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He is the author of An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology (1996) and editor of Knowledge, Truth, and Duty: Essays on Epistemic Justification, Responsibility, and Virtue (2001).

Ernest Sosa is Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Brown University as well as Visiting Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He is the co-author, with Lawrence BonJour, of Epistemic Justification: Internalism vs. Externalism, Foundations vs. Virtues (Blackwell, 2003). He replies to analysis of his work in Ernest Sosa and His Critics, edited by John Greco (Blackwell, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Knowledge and skepticism 1
Introduction 1
1 Is knowledge closed under known entailment? 13
The case against closure 13
The case for closure 26
Reply to Hawthorne 43
2 Is knowledge contextual? 47
Contextualism contested 47
Contextualism defended 56
Contextualism contested some more 62
Contextualism defended some more 67
3 Can skepticism be refuted? 72
The refutation of skepticism 72
The challenge of refuting skepticism 85
4 Is there a Priori knowledge? 98
In defense of the a Priori 98
There is no a Priori 105
Reply to Devitt 115
Reply to BonJour 118
Last rejoinder 120
Pt. II Foundational knowledge 123
Introduction 123
5 Is infinitism the solution to the regress problem? 131
Infinitism is the solution to the regress problem 131
Infinitism is not the solution to the regress problem 140
Reply to Ginet 149
Reply to Klein 153
6 Can beliefs be justified through coherence alone? 156
Non-foundationalist epistemology : holism, coherence, and tenability 156
Why coherence is not enough : a defense of moderate foundationalism 168
7 Is there immediate justification? 181
There is immediate justification 181
Doing without immediate justification 202
8 Does perceptual experience have conceptual content? 217
Perceptual experience has conceptual content 217
Perception and conceptual content 231
Pt. III Justification 251
Introduction 251
9 Is justification internal? 257
Justification is not internal 257
Justification is internal 270
10 Is truth the primary epistemic goal? 285
Truth is not the primary epistemic goal 285
Truth as the primary epistemic goal : a working hypothesis 296
11 Is justified belief responsible belief? 313
Justified belief as responsible belief 313
Obligation, entitlement, and rationality 326
Response to Wolterstorff 338
Response to Foley 342
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