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The most comprehensive and authoritative collection of canonical readings in theory of knowledge, now updated in response to feedback from the classroom Concentrates on the central topics of the field, such as skepticism and the Pyrrhonian problematic, the definition of knowledge, and the structure of epistemic justification Offers coverage of more specific topics, such as foundationalism vs coherentism, and virtue epistemology Presents wholly new sections on "Testimony, Memory, and Perception" and "The Value of Knowledge" Features modified sections on "The Structure of Knowledge and Justification", "The Non-Epistemic in Epistemology", and "The Nature of the Epistemic" Includes many of the most important contributions made in recent decades by several outstanding authors

Author Biography

Ernest Sosa is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Knowledge in Perspective (1991) and A Virtue Epistemology (2007), and co-editor (with John Greco) of The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology (1999) and other texts.

Jaegwon Kim has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan. He is currently the William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He has authored and edited several philosophical texts, including Supervenience and the Mind (1993) and Physicalism, or Something Near Enough (2005).

Jeremy Fantl is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. He and Matthew McGrath are writing a book entitled Pragmatic Encroachment in Epistemology.

Matthew McGrath is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of Between Deflationism and the Correspondence Theory (2000) and is co-authoring Pragmatic Encroachment in Epistemology with Jeremy Fantl.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Skepticismp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Problem of the External Worldp. 7
Proof of an External Worldp. 26
Four Forms of Scepticismp. 29
Certaintyp. 31
How a Pyrrhonian Skeptic Might Respond to Academic Skepticismp. 35
Epistemological Realismp. 51
The Structure of Knowledge and Justificationp. 73
Introductionp. 75
The Myth of the Givenp. 80
Does Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?p. 94
Epistemic Principlesp. 99
Can Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?p. 109
A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledgep. 124
A Foundherentist Theory of Empirical Justificationp. 134
The Raft and the Pyramidp. 145
Human Knowledge and the Infinite Regress of Reasonsp. 165
Defining Knowledgep. 187
Introductionp. 189
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?p. 192
Thought, Selectionsp. 194
The Inescapability of Gettier Problemsp. 207
A State of Mindp. 213
Epistemic Closurep. 231
Introductionp. 233
Epistemic Operatorsp. 237
Skepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive Closurep. 247
Knowledge and Skepticismp. 255
How to Defeat Opposition to Moorep. 280
Are There Counterexamples to the Closure Principle?p. 290
Theories of Epistemic Justificationp. 303
Introductionp. 305
Evidentialismp. 310
Skepticism and Rationalityp. 322
What Is Justified Belief?p. 333
Reliabilism Leveledp. 348
Externalist Theories of Empirical Knowledgep. 363
Internalism Exposedp. 379
Externalism and Skepticismp. 394
Internalism Defendedp. 407
Virtue Epistemology and the Value of Knowledgep. 423
Introductionp. 425
Warrant: A First Approximationp. 429
Virtues of the Mind, Selectionsp. 442
Virtues and Vices of Virtue Epistemologyp. 454
Cognitive Responsibility and the Epistemic Virtuesp. 462
The Place of Truth in Epistemologyp. 477
Why Should Inquiring Minds Want to Know?: Meno Problems and Epistemological Axiologyp. 492
True Enoughp. 507
Naturalized Epistemology and the A Priorip. 521
Introductionp. 523
Epistemology Naturalizedp. 528
What Is "Naturalized Epistemology"?p. 538
Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemologyp. 552
There is at Least One A Priori Truthp. 585
Revisability, Reliabilism, and A Priori Knowledgep. 595
A Priori Knowledge and the Scope of Philosophyp. 612
Normativity and Epistemic Intuitionsp. 625
Investigating Knowledge Itselfp. 647
Knowledge and Contextp. 661
Introductionp. 663
Solving the Skeptical Problemp. 669
Elusive Knowledgep. 691
Contextualist Solutions to Epistemological Problems: Scepticism, Gettier, and the Lotteryp. 706
Knowledge and Practical Interest, Selectionsp. 721
Evidence, Pragmatics, and Justificationp. 742
Sensitive Moderate Invariantismp. 760
The Assessment Sensitivity of Knowledge Attributionsp. 779
Testimony, Memory, and Perceptionp. 801
Introductionp. 803
Trust and Rationalityp. 807
Against Gullibilityp. 815
Content Preservationp. 836
Testimonial Knowledge and Transmissionp. 855
The Problem of Memory Knowledgep. 868
Criteria, Defeasibility, and Knowledgep. 876
Knowing How to Believe With Justificationp. 892
Indexp. 903
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