Problems of Knowledge: A Critical Introduction to Epistemology / Edition 1

Problems of Knowledge: A Critical Introduction to Epistemology / Edition 1

by Michael Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192892568

ISBN-13: 9780192892560

Pub. Date: 08/23/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What is epistemology or "the theory of knowledge?" What is it really about? Why does it matter? What makes theorizing about knowledge "philosophical?" Why do some philosophers argue that epistemology—perhaps even philosophy itself—is dead?
In this succinct, exciting, and original introduction to epistemology, Michael Williams

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What is epistemology or "the theory of knowledge?" What is it really about? Why does it matter? What makes theorizing about knowledge "philosophical?" Why do some philosophers argue that epistemology—perhaps even philosophy itself—is dead?
In this succinct, exciting, and original introduction to epistemology, Michael Williams explains and criticizes philosophical theories of the nature, limits, methods, possibility, and value of knowing. A coherent and progressive text, Problems of Knowledge covers both traditional and contemporary approaches to the subject, including foundationalism, the coherence theory, and "naturalistic" theories. As an alternative to these perspectives, Williams defends his own distinctive contextualist approach. Problems of Knowledge provides clear and engaging explanations of the theory of knowledge and why it matters, offering an excellent foundation for students in introductory epistemology courses.

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ISBN-13:
9780192892560
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/23/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
926,596
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Very Idea of a Theory of Knowledge
1. The Standard Analysis
2. Knowledge without Evidence
3. Two Ideals
4. Unstable Knowledge
5. The Agrippan Argument
6. Experience and Reality
7. Foundations
8. The Problem of the Basis
9. Reduction and Inference
10. Coherence
11. The Myth of the System
12. Realism and Truth
13. Evidence and Entitlement
14. Knowledge in Context
15. Seeing and Knowing
16. Scepticism and Epistemic Priority
17. Induction
18. Projection and Conjecture
19. Relativism
20. Objectivity and Progress
Conclusion: Epistemology After Skepticism

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