Human Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

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This collection of readings deftly blends the foremost classical sources with important contemporary philosophical thinkers to present a far-reaching examination of the theory of knowledge. Formative voices of epistemology from Ancient Greek Philosphy, Medieval Philosophy, Classical Modern Philosophy, Pragmatism, and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy are amply represented. Organized chronologically, Human Knowledge presents an impressive collection of non-technical essays from Plato, Aristotle, Sextus Empiricus, ...
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This collection of readings deftly blends the foremost classical sources with important contemporary philosophical thinkers to present a far-reaching examination of the theory of knowledge. Formative voices of epistemology from Ancient Greek Philosphy, Medieval Philosophy, Classical Modern Philosophy, Pragmatism, and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy are amply represented. Organized chronologically, Human Knowledge presents an impressive collection of non-technical essays from Plato, Aristotle, Sextus Empiricus, Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham, Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, James, Dewey, Lewis, Rorry, Quine, Chisolm, Putnam, Gettier, and many others. Each chapter is preceded by an introductory overview and helpful, up-to-date bibliographies provide students of all levels with guides to supplemental readings.

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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195041484
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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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