Contemporary Debates in Epistemology

Contemporary Debates in Epistemology

by Matthias Steup
     
 

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Fully updated with new topics covering the latest developments and debates, the second edition of this highly influential text retains its unique combination of accessibility and originality.

  • Second edition of a highly influential text that has already become a standard in the field, for students and professional researchers alike, due to its impressive

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Fully updated with new topics covering the latest developments and debates, the second edition of this highly influential text retains its unique combination of accessibility and originality.

  • Second edition of a highly influential text that has already become a standard in the field, for students and professional researchers alike, due to its impressive line-up of contributors, and its unique combination of accessibility and originality
  • Twenty-six essays in total, covering 13 essential topics
  • Features five new topics that bring readers up to speed on some of the latest developments in the field, and give them a glimpse of where it's headed: Should knowledge come first? Do practical matters affect whether you know? Is virtuous motivation essential to knowing? Can knowledge be lucky? Can evidence be permissive?
  • Substantially updates two other debates: Is there immediate justification? Can belief be justified through coherence alone?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470672099
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Series:
Contemporary Debates in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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“When Blackwell published the first edition of Contemporary Debates in Epistemology in 2005, that volume very quickly became epistemology's superego: it expressed the ideals that were implicit in the best recent epistemological work, and it served to guide both practicing and apprenticing epistemologists to the questions that mattered most to the field back then. Of course, the questions that matter most in 2013 are not exactly the same as those that mattered most in 2005; thus, the need for a new edition. I expect that this new edition — which contains units on the now widely discussed issues of whether knowledge is epistemologically fundamental, whether practical concerns encroach on epistemic status, whether evidential justification is permissive, what sort of epistemic luck (if any) is incompatible with knowledge — will serve to guide epistemological practice for the next several years, and with at least as much authority as the first edition. The contributors are among the most prominent in the field, and their contributions represent some of the best work being done on the topics under discussion. If you want to contribute to the most important epistemological conversations today, you will need to read this book.”

—Ram Neta, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Praise for the First Edition

“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

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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