When Is True Belief Knowledge?

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"This engaging and imaginative book proposes an original and strikingly simple account of propositional knowledge, and offers an ingenious, many-sided argument for preferring it to alternatives already abroad. It makes many interesting and unexpected moves along the way."—Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University

"Going against the grain, Foley argues that knowledge does not require justified belief and that the pedigree of a true belief has nothing to do with whether it counts as knowledge. His impressive defense of this ...

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Overview

"This engaging and imaginative book proposes an original and strikingly simple account of propositional knowledge, and offers an ingenious, many-sided argument for preferring it to alternatives already abroad. It makes many interesting and unexpected moves along the way."—Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University

"Going against the grain, Foley argues that knowledge does not require justified belief and that the pedigree of a true belief has nothing to do with whether it counts as knowledge. His impressive defense of this view is a singular achievement. He shows that his account can easily accommodate cases that might appear problematic, and that it offers more intuitive explanations for a variety of epistemic phenomena than available alternatives. Beautifully written, carefully argued, and a pleasure to read, this book will be required reading for everyone in epistemology."—Hilary Kornblith, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
[Foley's] book impressively combines breadth, succinctness, and readability. It will profit both professional philosophers and advanced students in epistemology.
European Legacy - Diana Karbonowska
This book is an illustrative and erudite contribution to the field of epistemology. Foley departs from the typical rational objective and presents an intuitive account of knowledge and true belief.
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"[Foley's] book impressively combines breadth, succinctness, and readability. It will profit both professional philosophers and advanced students in epistemology."—Choice

"This book is an illustrative and erudite contribution to the field of epistemology. Foley departs from the typical rational objective and presents an intuitive account of knowledge and true belief."—Diana Karbonowska, European Legacy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691154725
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2012
  • Series: Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,447,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Foley is professor of philosophy and vice chancellor for strategic planning at New York University. He is the author of "Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others," "Working Without a Net: A Study of Egocentric Epistemology," and "The Theory of Epistemic Rationality."

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Basic Idea
Chapter 1: An Observation 3
Chapter 2: Post-Gettier Accounts of Knowledge 6
Chapter 3: Knowledge Stories 9
Chapter 4: Intuitions about Knowledge 12
Chapter 5: Important Truths 19
Chapter 6: Maximally Accurate and Comprehensive Beliefs 32
Chapter 7: The Beetle in the Box 41
Chapter 8: Knowledge Blocks 46
Chapter 9: The Theory of Knowledge and Theory of Justified Belief 51

Part II: Puzzles and Questions
Chapter 10: The Value of True Belief 59
Chapter 11: The Value of Knowledge 65
Chapter 12: The Lottery and Preface 70
Chapter 13: Reverse Lottery Stories 73
Chapter 14: Lucky Knowledge 78
Chapter 15: Closure and Skepticism 81
Chapter 16: Disjunctions 86
Chapter 17: Fixedness and Knowledge 88
Chapter 18: Instability and Knowledge 91
Chapter 19: Misleading Defeaters 95
Chapter 20: Believing That I Don't Know 99
Chapter 21: Introspective Knowledge 102
Chapter 22: Perceptual Knowledge 106
Chapter 23: A Priori Knowledge 110
Chapter 24: Collective Knowledge 113

Part III: The Structure of Epistemology
Chapter 25: A Look Back 121
Chapter 26: Epistemology within a General Theory of Rationality 124
Chapter 27: The Core Concepts of Epistemology 134

Notes 137
Index 149

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