Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction

Paperback | December 15, 2014

byAlvin Goldman, Matthew Mcgrath

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Epistemology has long mesmerized its practitioners with numerous puzzles. What can we know, and how can we know it? In Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction, Alvin Goldman, one of the most noted contemporary epistemologists, and Matthew McGrath, known for his work on a wide range of topicsin the field, have joined forces to delve into these puzzles.Featuring a clear and engaging writing style and intriguing examples, Epistemology surveys both traditional and emerging topics in depth, acquainting students not only with the history of the field but also its new developments and directions. The first half of the book examines core questions aboutthe nature and structure of justification and knowledge, skepticism, and the Gettier problem, paying careful attention to reliabilism, evidentialism, contextualism, pragmatic encroachment, knowledge-first epistemology, and "dogmatism" about perceptual justification. The second half provides livelyexcursions into such new topics as the relevance of cognitive science to epistemology, the prospects for experimental philosophy, and the evidential status of intuitions. The authors open coverage of each topic with an introduction for beginners and then move on to analyses suitable for advancedundergraduate and graduate students.

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Epistemology has long mesmerized its practitioners with numerous puzzles. What can we know, and how can we know it? In Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction, Alvin Goldman, one of the most noted contemporary epistemologists, and Matthew McGrath, known for his work on a wide range of topicsin the field, have joined forces to delve i...

Alvin Goldman is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A leading epistemologist for several decades, his books include Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology (2012) and Pathways to Knowledge (2002). Matthew McGrath is Professor of Philosophy at the Universit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: JUSTIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE: THE CORE ISSUES1. The Structure of Justification2. Two Debates: Evidentialism vs. Reliabilism and Internalism vs. Externalism3. Defining Knowledge4. Skepticism about KnowledgePART II: JUSTIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE: SPECIAL TOPICS5. Contextualism, Pragmatic Encroachment, and the Knowledge Norm of Assertion6. Perceptual JustificationPART III: NATURALISTIC EPISTEMOLOGY7. Epistemology, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy8. Philosophy's Intuitional Methodology and the Role of SciencePART IV: SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY9. Testimony and Peer Disagreement10. Collective and Institutional EpistemologyPART V: PROBABILISTIC EPISTEMOLOGY11. Probabilistic Epistemology

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"This is a highly accessible and well-written introduction to contemporary epistemology, by two prominent contributors to several of the topics covered in the book. This book deserves to end up on a great many epistemology syllabi." --Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, University of Kent