An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge / Edition 1 available in Paperback
An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, 2nd Edition 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.
In this extensively revised second edition there are expanded sections on epistemic luck, social epistemology and contextualism, and there are new sections on the contemporary debates concerning the lottery paradox, pragmatic encroachment, peer disagreement, safety, sensitivity and virtue epistemology.
Engaging examples are used throughout the book, many taken from literature and the cinema. Complex issues, such as those concerning the private language argument, non-conceptual content, and the new riddle of induction, are explained in a clear and accessible way. This textbook is an invaluable guide to contemporary epistemology.
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Table of 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
What People are Saying About This
"Clear, lively, and based on thorough knowledge of the field, O'Brien's book provides an excellent introductory text in epistemology."
—Christopher Hookway, University of Sheffield
"You would have bet against anyone being able to present a concise, rigorous, thoroughly enjoyable introduction not just to all the central areas of epistemology but also to such difficult topics as Wilfrid Sellars' Myth of the Given, Wittgenstein's private language arguments and John McDowell's theory of experience. You would have lost. Dan O’Brien's text is just excellent. The author is an ideal guide through the maze of views that constitutes modern theory of knowledge."
—Laurence Goldstein, University of Kent