Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge: On Two Dogmas of Epistemology by Stephen Hetherington

Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge: On Two Dogmas of Epistemology

byStephen Hetherington

Hardcover | December 1, 2001

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What is knowledge? How hard is it for a person to have knowledge? Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge confronts contemporary philosophical attempts to answer those classic questions, by identifying and arguing against two fundamental epistemological presumptions. Can there be both better and worseknowledge of some fact? Can you improve your knowledge of a particular fact? Can there be especially bad knowledge of a specific fact? Epistemologists routinely answer these questions with a resounding 'No'. But Stephen Hetherington argues that those standard answers are mistaken. The result is a theory of knowledge that is unique in conceiving of knowledge in a non-absolutist way. The theory offers new solutions to manytraditional epistemological puzzles, including various kinds of scepticism, the Gettier challenge, and the problem of the criterion. It also offers a fresh way of using G. E. Moore's anti-sceptical gambit, along with reinterpretations of the epistemic roles of fallibility, luck, relevance, anddogmatism. And what can we know about knowledge? The role of intuition in shaping epistemological thought about knowledge is critically examined. Anyone working on epistemology will enjoy this original and challenging work.

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Stephen Hetherington is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
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Title:Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge: On Two Dogmas of EpistemologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Epistemic absolutism2. Scepticism3. Gettier cases4. Minimal knowledge5. The spectrum of knowledge6. Knowledge about knowledgeReferences, Index

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"Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge is an interesting and provocative book, defending novel views about a wide range of issues in contemporary epistemology. It is written in a clear and straightforward manner, and is devoid of unnecessary technicalities. Hetherington is always clear about what he isarguing for and candid about what he thinks he has established and what he has not. I found it to be an enjoyable book to read."-- Richard Feldman, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews