The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction


Chapter 1: Epistemology: A First Look 1. Why Study Knowledge? 2. Some Doubts about Knowledge 3. Traditional Definition of Knowledge 4. Knowledge and Experience 5. Intuitions and Theory Chapter 2: Explaining Knowledge 1. The Scope of Epistemology 2. The Concept of Knowledge 3. Epistemology, Naturalism, and Pragmatism 4. Value in Epistemology Chapter 3: Belief 1. Belief and Representational States 2. Belief and Belief-Ascription 3. Are Beliefs Transparent? 4. Belief and Theoretical Ideals 5. Eliminativism and Prediction Chapter 4: Truth 1. Relativism 2. Truth and Correspondence 3. Truth and Coherence 4. Truth and Pragmatic Value 5. Kinds and Notions of Truth Chapter 5: Jusitification and Beyond 1. Justifications, Truth and Defeat 2. Inferential Justification and the Regress Problem 3. Supplementing Justification: The Gettier Problem Chapter 6: Sources of Knowledge 1. Rationalism, Empiricism, and Innatissm 2. Empiricism, Positivism, and Underdetermination 3. Intuitions and First-Person Reports 4. Memory 5. Theoretical Unification 6. Testimony and Social Dependence Chapter 7: Rationality 1. Preliminary Distinctions 2. Rational Inference: Normative and Descriptive 3. Consistency and Wayward Beliefs 4. Rationality and Decision Under Uncertainty 5. Integrative Considerations about Rationality Chapter 8: Skepticism 1. Some Species of Skepticism 2. Some Skeptical Arguments 3. A Reply from Common Sense 4. Skepticism, Naturalism, and Broad Explanation Chapter 9: Epistemology and Explanation 1. Origins of Contemporary Epistemology 2. Ultimate Epistemological Authority 3. Explanation and Knowledge References For Further Reading Glossary Index

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1998


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