Knowledge: Readings in Contemporary Epistemology

Paperback | April 1, 2000

EditorSven Bernecker, Fred I. Dretske

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Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is concerned with how we know what we do and what justifies us in believing what we do. The philosophical literature in epistemology has mushroomed in the past four decades, and interest in the topic continues to be widespread. In this anthology,Fred Dretske and Sven Bernecker have collected the most important and influential writings in epistemology. It provides the fullest review to date of contemporary epistemology, including frequently neglected topics such as dominant responses to scepticism, introspection, memory, and testimony. Forty-one readings are organized into fifteen subject areas that are key to a broad understanding of contemporary theory of knowledge. A readable introduction to each subject outlines the problems discussed in the essays that follow so readers can more effectively focus on analysing them. The bookis primarily designed for undergraduate courses on theories of knowledge. It will also be of use to university students in other fields as well as interested general readers.

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Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is concerned with how we know what we do and what justifies us in believing what we do. The philosophical literature in epistemology has mushroomed in the past four decades, and interest in the topic continues to be widespread. In this anthology,Fred Dretske and Sven Bernecker have collected ...

Fred Dretske is Bella and Eloise Knapp Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, Stanford University and Senior Research Scholar, Duke University. Sven Bernecker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Munich
Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I. JUSTIFIED TRUE BELIEFIntroductionThe Gettier Problem1. A J Ayer: Knowing as Having the Right to be Sure2. Edmund L. Gettier: Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?3. Richard Feldman: An Alleged Defect in Gettier Counter-ExamplesResponses to Gettier4. Alvin I Goldman: A Causal Theory of Knowing5. Keith Lehrer, Thomas D Paxson, Jr.: Knowledge: Undefeated Justified True Belief6. Fred I Dretske: Conclusive ReasonsPART II. EXTERNALISM AND INTERNALISMIntroductionExternalism7. David M Armstrong: The 'Thermometer' View of Knowledge8. Alvin I Goldman: Discrimination and Perceptual Knowledge9. Fred I Dretske: Precis of 'Knowledge and the Flow of Information'Internalism10. Roderick M Chisholm: The Indispensability of Internal Justification11. Laurence BonJour: The Elements of Coherentism12. Keith Lehrer: The Coherence Theory of KnowledgeCriticisms and Compromises13. Richard Foley: What's Wrong with Reliabilism?14. Laurence BonJour: Externalist Theories of Empirical Knowledge15. Kent Bach: A Rationale for Reliabilism16. William P Alston: An Internalist ExternalismPART III. FOUNDATIONS AND NORMSIntroductionFoundations17. H H Price: The Given18. Roderick M Chisholm: The Directly Evident19. Wilfrid Sellars: Does Empirical Knowledge have a Foundation?Normativity20. W V Quine: Naturalized Epistemology21. Jaegwon Kim: What is Naturalized Epistemology?PART IV. SKEPTICISMIntroductionMotivations22. Barry Stroud: Understanding Human Knowledge in General23. Peter Unger: A defence of SkepticismRelevant Alternatives24. J L Austin: Other Minds25. Robert Nozick: . Knowledge and Scepticism26. David Lewis: Elusive KnowledgeSemantic Approaches27. Hilary Putnam: Brains in a Vat28. Fred I Dretske: The Epistemology of Belief29. Donald Davidson: A Coherence Theory of Truth and KnowledgePART V. SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGEIntroductionPerception30. H P Grice: The Causal Theory of Perception31. Peter F Strawson: Perception and its ObjectsIntrospection32. Tyler Burge: Individualism and Self-Knowledge33. Paul A. Boghossian: Content and Self-Knowledge34. Sven Bernecker: Externalism and the Attitudinal Component of Self-KnowledgeMemory and Testimony35. C B Martin and Max Deutscher: Remembering36. C A J Coady: Testimony and ObservationInduction37. Bertrand Russell: On Induction38. Hans Reichenback: The Pragmatic Justification of Induction39. Nelson Goodman: The New Riddle of InductionA Priori Knowledge40. Saul A Kripke: A Priori Knowledge, Necessity, and Contingency41. Philip Kitcher: A Priori KnowledgeIndex