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The Theory of Knowledge: Classical & Contemporary Readings

The Theory of Knowledge: Classical & Contemporary Readings


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The Theory of Knowledge: Classical & Contemporary Readings

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive reader in epistimology on the market. Containing 67 readings, the book is now organized into eleven parts which outline the subjects central to contemporary epistemology. Opposing positions are set forth for all issues and a brief synopsis introduces each reading.

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ISBN-13: 9780534178260
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 556
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. PART I: THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE. 1. Plato: The Ascent of Knowledge. 2. Plato: Innate Ideas. 3. Bertrand Russell: What Can We Know? Appearances and Reality. 4. Roderick Chisholm: The Problem of the Criterion. PART II: SKEPTICISM. 1. René Descartes: First Meditation.
2. David Hume: On Skepticism Concerning the Senses. 3. G. E. Moore: A Defense of Common Sense. 4. Keith Lehrer: Why Not Skepticism? 5. Norman Malcolm: Two Types of Knowledge. PART III: PERCEPTION: Concerning Knowledge of the External World. 1. John Locke: A Representational Theory of Perception. 2. George Berkeley: An Idealist Theory of Knowledge. 3. W. T. Stace: Science and the Physical World: A Defense of Phenomenalism. 4. C. H. Whiteley: Phenomenalism: Its Grounds and Difficulties. 5. Bertrand Russell: A Defense of Representationalism. 6. John Searle: The Intentionality of Perception. 7. Charles Landesman: Why Nothing Has Color: Color Skepticism. PART IV: ANALYSIS OF KNOWLEDGE. 1. Edmund Gettier: Is Justified True Belief Knowledge? 2. Alvin Goldman: A Causal Theory of Knowledge. 3. Keith Lehrer and Tom Paxson: Knowledge: Undefeated Justified Belief. 4. Gilbert Harman: Inference to the Best Explanation. 5. Alvin Goldman: Discrimination and Perceptual Knowledge. 6. Richard Feldman: An Alleged Defect in Gettier Counterexamples. PART V: THEORIES OF JUSTIFICATION.
(I): FOUNDATIONALISM AND COHERENTISM. 1. René Descartes: Classical Foundationalism. 2. Robert Audi: Contemporary Foundationalism. 3. Laurence Bonjour: A Critique of Foundationalism.
4. Timothy McGrew: A Defense of Classical Foundationalism. 5. Jonathan Dancy: A Defense of Coherentism. 6. Richard Fumerton: A Critique of Coherentism. 7. Ernest Sosa: The Raft and the Pyramid: Coherence Versus Foundations in the Theory of Knowledge. 8. Robert Audi: Fallibilist Foundationalism and Holistic Coherentism. 9. Susan Haack: A Foundherentist Theory of Empirical Justification. 10. David Annis: A Contextual Theory of Epistemic Justification. PART VI: THEORIES OF JUSTIFICATION. (II): INTERNALISM AND EXTERNALISM. 1. Alvin Goldman: Reliabilism: What Is Justified Belief? 2. Keith Lehrer: A Critique of Externalism. 3. W. V. Quine: Epistemology Naturalized. 4. Earl Conee and Richard Feldman: The Generality Problem for Reliabilism.
5. Alvin Plantinga: A Critique of Internalism. 6. Matthias Steup: A Defense of Internalism. 7. Hilary Kornblith: Naturalistic Epistemology and Its Critics. 8. David Lewis: Elusive Knowledge. PART VII: A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE. 1. Immanel Kant: A Priori Knowledge. 2. A. J. Ayer: The A Priori. 3. A. C. Ewing: In Defense of A Priori Knowledge. 4. W. V. Quine: Two Dogmas of Empiricism. 5. H. P. Grice and P. F. Strawson: In Defense of a Dogma. 6. Roderick Chisholm: Truths of Reason. 7. Saul Kripke: A Priori Knowledge: Necessity and Contingency. PART VIII: INDUCTION. 1. David Hume: The Problem of Induction. 2. Bertrand Russell: On Induction. 3. Frederick Will: Will the Future Be Like the Past? 4. Hans Reichenbach: The Pragmatic Justification of Induction. 5. Peter Strawson: Dissolving the Problem of Induction. 6. Nelson Goodman: The New Riddle of Induction.
PART IX: OTHER MINDS. 1. Bertrand Russell: Analogy Argument for Other Minds. 2. H. H. Price: The Argument from Language Understanding. 3. Norman Malcolm: Knowledge of Other Minds.
4. Michael Levin: Why We Believe in Other Minds. PART X: THE ETHICS OF BELIEF. 1. John Locke: Reason versus Enthusiasm. 2. W. K. Clifford: The Ethics of Belief. 3. William James: The Will to Believe. 4. Jack Meiland: What Ought We to Believe? 5. Louis Pojman: Belief, Will and the Ethics of Belief. PART XI: CHALLENGES AND ALTERNATIVES TO CONTEMPORARY EPISTEMOLOGY.
1. Lorraine Code: Is the Sex of the Knower Epistemologically Significant? 2. Helen Longino: Feminist Epistemology As Local Epistemology. 3. Susan Haack: Knowledge and Propoganda: Reflections of an Old Feminist. 4. Richard Rorty: Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus Objectivity.
5. Margarita Rosa Levin: In Defense of Objectivity.

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