Ever since Plato it has been thought that one knows only if one'sbelief hits the mark of truth and does so with adequatejustification. The issues debated by Laurence BonJour and ErnestSosa concern mostly the nature and conditions of such epistemicjustification, and its place in our understanding of humanknowledge.
- Presents central issues pertaining to internalism vs.externalism and foundationalism vs. virtue epistemology in the formof a philosophical debate.
- Introduces students to fundamental questions withinepistemology while engaging in contemporary debates.
- Written by two of today’s foremost epistemologists.
- Includes an extensive bibliography.
About the Author
Laurence BonJour is Professor of Philosophy at theUniversity of Washington, where he teaches epistemology, history ofmodern philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of law, and politicalphilosophy. He is the author of three books: The Structure ofEmpirical Knowledge (1985), In Defense of Pure Reason(1998), and Epistemology: Classic Problems and ContemporaryResponses (2002).
Ernest Sosa is Professor of Philosophy at BrownUniversity and Distinguished Visiting Professor at RutgersUniversity every spring term. He has written widely on epistemologyand is author of Knowledge in Perspective (1991). Sosa andHis Critics, edited by John Greco, is forthcoming in the Blackwellseries, Philosophers and Their Critics.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Laurence BonJour and Ernest Sosa.
Part I: A Version of Internalist Foundationalism: LaurenceBonJour:.
1. The Regress Problem and Foundationalism.
2. Externalist Accounts of Justification.
3. In Search of Coherentism.
4. Back to Foundationalism.
5. The Conceptualization of Sensory Experience and the Problemof the External World.
Part II: Beyond Internal Foundations to External Virtues:Ernest Sosa:.
6. Knowledge and Justification.
7. Does Knowledge Have Foundation.
8. Skepticism and the Internal/External Divide.
9. A Virtue Epistemology.
Part III: Replies:.
10. Reply to Sosa.
11. Reply to Bonjour.