The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byPaul K. Moser, Dwayne H. Mulder, J. D. Trout

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The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction explains the main ideas and problems of contemporary epistemology while avoiding technical detail. Comprehensive and rich in illustrations and examples, it highlights contemporary debates over the definition, sources, and limits of humanknowledge, and covers major topics including the nature of belief, theories of truth, epistemic justification, the Gettier problem, skepticism, and epistemic rationality. Its discussions identify important connections between traditional epistemological questions and cognitive science, the historyof science, the sociology of knowledge, and cross-cultural studies. The book culminates with a focus on questions regarding epistemological method and an examination of the roots of contemporary analytic approaches to epistemology. The authors defend a distinctive position regarding epistemological method, called broad explanationism, that incorporates someinsights from naturalism in epistemology. The volume is enhanced by a glossary of important epistemological terms and suggestions for further reading. Easily accessible to beginning students in philosophy, The Theory of Knowledge serves as an ideal text for courses in the theory of knowledge andwill also appeal to general readers interested in philosophy.

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The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction explains the main ideas and problems of contemporary epistemology while avoiding technical detail. Comprehensive and rich in illustrations and examples, it highlights contemporary debates over the definition, sources, and limits of humanknowledge, and covers major topics including the na...

Paul K. Moser is at Loyola University, Chicago. Dwayne H. Mulder is at Clarion University, Pennsylvania. J. D. Trout is at Parmly Hearing Institute, Loyola University, Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195094662

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Epistemology: A First Look1. Why Study Knowledge?2. Some Doubts about Knowledge3. Traditional Definition of Knowledge4. Knowledge and Experience5. Intuitions and TheoryChapter 2: Explaining Knowledge1. The Scope of Epistemology2. The Concept of Knowledge3. Epistemology, Naturalism, and Pragmatism4. Value in EpistemologyChapter 3: Belief1. Belief and Representational States2. Belief and Belief-Ascription3. Are Beliefs Transparent?4. Belief and Theoretical Ideals5. Eliminativism and PredictionChapter 4: Truth1. Relativism2. Truth and Correspondence3. Truth and Coherence4. Truth and Pragmatic Value5. Kinds and Notions of TruthChapter 5: Jusitification and Beyond1. Justifications, Truth and Defeat2. Inferential Justification and the Regress Problem3. Supplementing Justification: The Gettier ProblemChapter 6: Sources of Knowledge1. Rationalism, Empiricism, and Innatissm2. Empiricism, Positivism, and Underdetermination3. Intuitions and First-Person Reports4. Memory5. Theoretical Unification6. Testimony and Social DependenceChapter 7: Rationality1. Preliminary Distinctions2. Rational Inference: Normative and Descriptive3. Consistency and Wayward Beliefs4. Rationality and Decision Under Uncertainty5. Integrative Considerations about RationalityChapter 8: Skepticism1. Some Species of Skepticism2. Some Skeptical Arguments3. A Reply from Common Sense4. Skepticism, Naturalism, and Broad ExplanationChapter 9: Epistemology and Explanation1. Origins of Contemporary Epistemology2. Ultimate Epistemological Authority3. Explanation and KnowledgeReferencesFor Further ReadingGlossaryIndex

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"A remarkably clear, accessible, and useful text."--Ralph Aquila, Tulane University