On Epistemology

ISBN-10: 0534252346
ISBN-13: 9780534252342
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Presenting the background, development, and current state of affairs in EPISTEMOLOGY, this title?a volume in the Wadsworth Philosophy Topics Series--provides a concise introduction to this pertinent topic of contemporary philosophical interest. The Wadsworth Philosophy Topics Series presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and other themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

Acknowledgments
Epistemic Value and What We Care About
Introduction
Epistemic Demands and What We Care About
Morality and Epistemic Demands
Bullshit
Skepticism and What We Care About
Chapter 1: Further Reading
Skepticism and Some Contemporary Responses
Introduction
The First Stage of the Skeptical Attack: The Infinite Regress of Reasons
Pyrrhonism and the Regress
Responses to the Regress: Foundationalism versus Coherentism
The Second Stage of the Skeptical Attack: Descartes's Evil Genius and the Irrelevance of Evidence
The Evil Genius
Denial of Epistemic Closure
Reliabilism
Contextualism
Chapter 2: Further Reading
Mind and World: Metaphysical and Semantic Responses to Skepticism
The Third Stage of the Skeptical Attack: The Absolute Conception of Reality
O. K. Bouwsma and the Evil Genius
Putnam and the Brain-in-a-Vat
Skepticism, Self-Trust, and Conscientious Belief
Chapter 3: Further Reading
Trust and the Intellectual Virtues
Epistemic Self-Trust and the Virtues That Regulate It
Conscientious Self-Trust
Trust in Admiration
Epistemic Trust in Others and the Virtues of Epistemic Communities
Epistemic Egoism as an Ideal
The Incoherence of Epistemic Egoism
Virtues of Epistemic Communities
Irresolvable Epistemic Disagreement
Summary
Chapter 4: Further Reading
What Is Knowledge?
Introduction
The Value Problem
Gettier
Credit Theories of Knowledge
Chapter 5: Further Reading
Epistemic Good and the Good Life
The Desirability of Truth
Understanding
The Intellect and the Highest Good
Chapter 6: Further Reading
Bibliography

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