Evidentialism and its Discontents

Hardcover | September 25, 2011

EditorTrent Dougherty

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Few concepts have been considered as essential to the theory of knowledge and rational belief as that of evidence. The simplest theory which accounts for this is evidentialism, the view that epistemic justification for belief - the kind of justification typically taken to be required forknowledge - is determined solely by considerations pertaining to one's evidence. In this ground-breaking book, leading epistemologists from across the spectrum challenge and refine evidentialism, sometimes suggesting that it needs to be expanded in quite surprising directions. Following this, thetwin pillars of contemporary evidentialism - Earl Conee and Richard Feldman - respond to each essay. This engaging debate covers a vast number of issues, and will illuminate and inform.

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Few concepts have been considered as essential to the theory of knowledge and rational belief as that of evidence. The simplest theory which accounts for this is evidentialism, the view that epistemic justification for belief - the kind of justification typically taken to be required forknowledge - is determined solely by consideratio...

Trent Dougherty is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, where he regularly teaches graduate seminars in epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Trent Dougherty: IntroductionPart I. Evidentialism and Disagreement1. Michael Huemer: Evidence and Agent-Centered Norms2. Jonathan Kvanvig: The Rational Significance of Reflective Ascent3. Keith Lehrer: Evidentialism and the Paradox of ParityPart II. Virtue Critiques: Evidence and Inquiry4. Guy Axtell: From Internalist Evidentialism to Virtue Responsibilism5. Jason Baehr: Evidentialism, Vice, and VirtuePart III. Evidentialism and Skepticism6. Matthias Steup: Evidentialist Anti-skepticism7. Michael Bergmann: Evidentialism and the Great Pumpkin ObjectionPart IV. "Knowledge First"8. Keith DeRose: Questioning Evidentialism9. Timothy Williamson: Improbable KnowingPart V. Internalism/Externalism10. John Greco: Evidentialism and Knowledge11. Richard Fumerton: Evidentialism and TruthPart VI. Evidence12. Richard Swinburne: Evidence13. Patrick Rysiew: Making it Evident: Evidence and Evidentness, Justification and Belief14. Trent Dougherty: In Defense of Propositionalism about EvidencePart VII. New Syntheses15. Duncan Pritchard: Evidentialism, Internalism, Disjunctivism16. Alvin Goldman: Toward a Synthesis of Reliabilism and Evidentialism?Part VIII. RepliesEarl Conee and Richard Feldman: 17. RepliesAppendix A: Chart Summary of ArgumentsAppendix B: Bibliography of Conee and FeldmanIndex