Contemporary Theories Of Knowledge / Edition 2

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This exciting new edition of the classic Contemporary Theories of Knowledge has been significantly updated to include analyses of the recent literature in epistemology. In addition, a new case is made for the strong connection between epistemology and artificial intelligence, as Pollock and Cruz argue that a necessary condition for the correctness of any epistemological theory is that it be possible to build an implemented artificial intelligence system on the basis of it. Like the first edition, Contemporary Theories of Knowledge, Second Edition is an excellent teaching tool, introducing the reader to the fundamental issues and approaches in the field of epistemology.

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Editorial Reviews

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
"This is a stimulating book which everyone interested in the subject should read."
Westminster Theological Journal
An excellent recent survey of the present-day epistemologies of secular philosophy. . . . We can learn much . . . from the thoroughness and rigor of Pollock's argument."
The British Journal For The Philosophy Of Science
The book can be read with great profit not only by advanced philosophy students, but by all professional philosophers.
Roderick M. Chisholm
A thorough and accurate survey of the present state of the subject, [Pollock's] book is also an original contribution of first importance. I know of no better introduction to contemporary theories of knowledge.
Ernest Sosa
A fine introduction to the field and to Pollock's own thought.
This book is aimed at both the student of philosophy and the professional philosopher, in that it provides both an introduction to epistemology, but also makes an effort to get at what is true in the field. Pollock (philosophy, U. of Arizona) and Cruz (philosophy, Hampshire College) present first the problems of knowledge, including discussions of the areas of knowledge, and the various theories of knowledge. They then discuss each of the theories of knowledge, such as foundations theories and coherence theories, in greater detail. Chapter five examines epistemic norms and how they are able to regulate our conduct, while the last two chapters deal with methodology and realism respectively. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847689378
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Pollock is professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona. Joseph Cruz is assistant professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Problems of Knowledge Chapter 3 Foundations Theories Chapter 4 Coherence Theories Chapter 5 Externalism Chapter 6 Epistemic Norms Chapter 7 Epistemology and Rationality Chapter 8 Direct Realism Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Authors

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