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1st Edition

Arguing About Knowledge

ISBN 9780415448390
Published October 24, 2008 by Routledge
616 Pages

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Book Description

What is knowledge? What are the sources of knowledge? What is the value of knowledge? What can we know? Arguing About Knowledge offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the theory of knowledge. This comprehensive and imaginative selection of readings examines the subject in an unorthodox and entertaining manner whilst covering the fundamentals of the theory of knowledge. It includes classic and contemporary pieces from the most influential philosophers from Descartes, Russell, Quine and G.E. Moore to Richard Feldman, Edward Craig, Gilbert Harman and Roderick Chisholm. In addition, students will find fascinating alternative pieces from literary and popular work such as Lewis Caroll, Jorges Luis Borges and Paul Boghossian.  Each article selected is clear, interesting and free from unnecessary jargon. The editors provide lucid introductions to each section in which they give an overview of the debate and outline the arguments of the papers. Arguing About Knowledge is an inventive and stimulating reader for students new to the theory of knowledge.

Table of Contents

1. What is knowledge?  2. What is the value of knowledge?  3. What evidence do we have?  4. How should we distribute our confidence?  5. What is it to be justified in believing something?  6. What is the structure of justification and knowledge?   7. What is the nature of the epistemic ‘ought’?  8. What are the sources of knowledge?   9. What can we know?  10. Is knowledge in the eye of the beholder?  

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Duncan Pritchard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the author of What Is This Thing Called Knowledge? (Routledge, 2006).

Ram Neta is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA