An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge / Edition 1

An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge / Edition 1

by Dan O'Brien, D. O'Brien
     
 

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ISBN-10: 074563317X

ISBN-13: 9780745633176

Pub. Date: 11/06/2006

Publisher: Wiley

An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge guides the reader through the key issues and debates in contemporary epistemology. Lucid, comprehensive and accessible, it is an ideal textbook for students who are new to the subject and for university undergraduates.

The book is divided into five parts. Part I discusses the concept of knowledge and

Overview

An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge guides the reader through the key issues and debates in contemporary epistemology. Lucid, comprehensive and accessible, it is an ideal textbook for students who are new to the subject and for university undergraduates.

The book is divided into five parts. Part I discusses the concept of knowledge and distinguishes between different types of knowledge. Part II surveys the sources of knowledge, considering both a priori and a posteriori knowledge. Parts III and IV provide an in-depth discussion of justification and scepticism. The final part of the book examines our alleged knowledge of the past, other minds, morality and God.

O'Brien uses engaging examples throughout the book, taking many from literature and the cinema. He explains complex issues, such as those concerning the private language argument, non-conceptual content, and the new riddle of induction, in a clear and accessible way. This textbook is an invaluable guide to contemporary epistemology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745633176
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/06/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 1: THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 2: WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE?
PART II: SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 3: A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 4: PERCEPTION
Chapter 5: TESTIMONY
PART III: JUSTIFICATION
Chapter 6: FOUNDATIONALISM
Chapter 7: COHERENTISM
Chapter 8: INTERNALISM AND EXTERNALISM
PART IV: SCEPTICISM
Chapter 9: SCEPTICISM I: EVIL DEMONS AND BRAINS IN VATS
Chapter 10: SCEPTICISM II: CONTEXTUALISM AND INVARIANTISM
Chapter 11: THE PROBLEM OF INDUCTION
Chapter 12: NATURALIZED EPISTEMOLOGY
PART V: AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 13: MEMORY
Chapter 14: OTHER MINDS
Chapter 15: MORAL KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 16: GOD
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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