Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 074563317X

ISBN-13: 9780745633176

Edition: 2006

Authors: Dan O'Brien

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A clear and concise introduction to contemporary debates in epistemology, this title covers topics such as testimony, the internalism/externalism debate, and naturalized epistemology.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Dan O'Brien ranks among the West's most celebrated writers. He divides his time between working as an endangered-species biologist, running a cattle ranch, & writing. He is the author of four novels, a short story collection, & three works of nonfiction, including the forthcoming "Buffalo Bill for the Broken Heart: Restoring a Piece of the American West". He lives in Whitewood, South Dakota.

Preface
Introduction to Knowledge
The Theory of Knowledge
Epistemology
The Structure of the Book
Part I Introduction to Knowledge
Part II Sources of Knowledge
Part III Justification
Part IV Scepticism
Part V Areas of Knowledge
Further Reading and Study
What is Knowledge?
Philosophical Analysis
The Tripartite Definition of Knowledge
Are Justification and Belief Necessary for Knowledge?
Gettier Cases
Richer Notions of Justification
Infallibility
No False Beliefs
Knowledge as Basic
Family Resemblance Questions Further Reading
Sources of Knowledge
A Priori Knowledge
Knowledge, Reason and Experience
Rationalism and Empiricism
The Synthetic A Priori
Self-Evidence and Certainty
Innate Knowledge Questions Further Reading
Perception
Direct Realism
Indirect Realism
The Argument From Illusion
Dualism
Rejecting Realism
Idealism
Phenomenalism
Problems for Phenomenalism
The Intentionalist Theory of Perception
Adverbialism
Intentionalism
Phenomenology
Seeing That, Seeing As, and Raw Seeing Questions Further Reading
Testimony
The Individualistic Approach to Knowledge
Testimony
Humersquo;s Account of Testimony
The Problem of Circularity
The Martian Argument
Reidrsquo;s Account of Testimony Questions Further Reading
Justification
Foundationalism
The Regress Argument for Traditional Foundationalism
Sellars and the Myth of the Given
Conceptual and Non-Conceptual Content
Wittgensteinrsquo;s Private Language Argument
Experience and Thought
Modest Foundationalism Questions Further Reading
Coherentism
A Holistic Conception of Justification
The Concept of Coherence
Problems for Coherentism
The Isolation Problem
Alternative Coherent Belief Systems
Coherence Theories of Truth
A Coherentist Account of Perception
A Thinkerrsquo;s Access to Her Own Belief System Questions Further Reading
Internalism and Externalism
Internalism
Externalism
The Basic Reliabilist Picture
Causal Accounts of Knowledge
Tracking Accounts of Knowledge
Arguments for Externalism
Non-Reflective Knowledge
An Epistemological Cure-All
Arguments Against Externalism
Knowledge and Rationally Motivated Action
Lucky Yet Reliable Beliefs
Two Kinds of Knowledge Questions Further Reading
Scepticism
Scepticism
Cartesian Scepticism
Dreams and the Demon
Descartes Goes to the Movies
Accepting Cartesian Scepticism
Withholding Belief
Dinner, Backgammon and Conversation
Contextualism
Cognitive Externalism
The Epistemological Externalist Response to Scepticism Questions Further Reading
The Problem of Inductio
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