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Offering a unique and wide-ranging examination of the theory of knowledge, the new edition of this comprehensive collection deftly blends readings from the foremost classical sources with the work of important contemporary philosophical thinkers. Human Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Approaches, 3/e, offers philosophical examinations of epistemology from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Sextus Empiricus); medieval philosophy (Augustine, Aquinas); early modern philosophy (Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Kant); classical pragmatism and Anglo-American empiricism (James, Russell, Ayer, Lewis, Carnap, Quine, Rorty); and other influential Anglo-American philosophers (Chisholm, Kripke, Moore, Wittgenstein, Strawson, Putnam).
Organized chronologically and thematically, Human Knowledge, 3/e, features exceptionally broad coverage and nontechnical selections that are easily accessible to students. An ideal text for both undergraduate and graduate courses in epistemology, it is enhanced by the editors' substantial general introduction, section overviews, and up-to-date bibliographies. The third edition offers expanded selections on contemporary epistemology and adds selections by Thomas Reid, Richard Rorty, David B. Annis, Richard Feldman and Earl Conee, Ernest Sosa, Barry Stroud, and Louise M. Antony. Human Knowledge, 3/e, offers an unparalleled introduction to our ancient struggle to understand our own intellectual experience.

This is by far the most useful anthology available for courses concerned with recent work in epistemology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195086256
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction: Human Knowledge - Its Nature, Sources, and Limits 1
Greek and Medieval Sources 31
1 Meno; Phaedo; Republic; Theaetetus 35
2 Posterior Analytics; De Anima 62
3 Outlines of Pyrrhonism 81
4 Contra Academicos; De Civitas Dei 92
5 Summa Theologiae 96
Early Modern Sources 111
6 Meditations on First Philosophy 114
7 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 128
8 Introduction to New Essays on the Human Understanding 149
9 A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge 156
10 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 167
11 Inquiry into the Human Mind 185
12 Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics 199
Pragmatism and Empiricism 217
13 The Will to Believe 225
14 Appearance, Reality, and Knowledge by Acquaintance 237
15 Verification and Philosophy 246
16 The Pragmatic Element in Knowledge 258
17 Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology 269
18 Two Dogmas of Empiricism 280
19 Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism 294
The Analysis of Knowledge 305
20 Is Justified True Belief Knowledge? 306
21 An Alleged Defect in Gettier Counter-Examples 308
22 The Gettier Problem 309
A Priori Knowledge 321
23 A Pragmatic Conception of the A Priori 322
24 The Truths of Reason 328
25 A Priori Knowledge, Necessity, and Contingency 346
Justified Belief 357
26 Concepts of Epistemic Justification 359
27 The Raft and the Pyramid: Coherence versus Foundations in the Theory of Knowledge 380
28 A Contextualist Theory of Epistemic Justification 397
29 Evidentialism 404
30 Reflective Equilibrium, Analytic Epistemology and the Problem of Cognitive Diversity 416
Skepticism 437
31 Proof of an External World 439
32 Cause and Effect: Intuitive Awareness 452
33 Skepticism, Naturalism and Transcendental Arguments 461
34 Philosophical Scepticism and Epistemic Circularity 473
35 Scepticism, 'Externalism', and the Goal of Epistemology 489
Epistemology and Psychology 501
36 Epistemology Naturalized 502
37 Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized 512
38 Epistemic Folkways and Scientific Epistemology 523
39 Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology 539
Name Index 575
Subject Index 578
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