9780826477323

Epistemology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826477323

  • ISBN10:

    0826477321

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-10-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Renowned philospher Christopher Norris provides a lucid survey and analysis of the issues that have shaped that enterprise and continue to dominate present-day discussion. He also brings out with exceptional clarity the ways in which certain "technical" issues in epistemology can have a decisive bearing on matters of practical concern. The text highlights continuities and contrasts between early and contemporary approaches, and between the sorts of thinking that have typified the mainstream analytic and the modern "continental" lines of descent. Norris introduces the main topics of debate, among them arguments for and against adopting a realist position with regard to various fields of knowledge, from mathematics to the physical sciences and history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 1(17)
Staying for an Answer: truth, knowledge and the Rumsfeld creed
18(24)
Realism, Reference and Possible Worlds
42(29)
`Fog Over Channel, Continent Isolated': epistemology in the `two traditions'
71(28)
Response-Dependence: what's in it for the realist?
99(30)
Making for Truth: some problems with virtue-based epistemology
129(37)
Concluding Scientific-Realist Postscript 166(17)
Notes 183(24)
Index 207

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