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Modern Epistemology: A New Introduction By Alec Fisher

Modern Epistemology: A New Introduction
by Alec Fisher

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Describes how philosophers have challenged the ideas of "modern" philosophers on fundamental questions in epistemology. Examples help undergraduates grasp the material, and includes self-study questions. This book sets out the traditional view that knowledge is justified true belief, and then presents Gettier's challenge to this theory.
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Modern Epistemology: A New Introduction by Alec Fisher

"A welcome and fresh addition to a market that has been dominated by rather traditional texts...instructors will enjoy teaching with it in their classrooms" -- Teaching Philosophy, March 1998.

This text offers an exceptionally lucid account of how philosophers in the 20th century have challenged the ideas of "modern" philosophers (17th century) on fundamental questions in epistemology (theory of Knowledge). Numerous examples are used to help undergraduates grasp the material. Self-study questions and further readings are included. The book sets out the traditional view that knowledge is justified true belief and then presents Gettier's challenge to this theory. Three alternative accounts of knowledge--the "reliable method" account, the "casual" account, and Nozick's "tracking" account--are examined. Fisher and Everitt argue in favor of attending to justified belief rather than knowledge and present a view which tentatively favors a "casual" theory of justified belief. Next the authors assess and reject "foundationalism," a popular position in modern philosophy. Though foundationalism about empirical beliefs is commonly discussed in textbooks, this book is unique in giving foundationalism about a priori beliefs equal and expert consideration. In the second half of the book the authors present alternatives to modern epistemology, including coherentism, Quine's "naturalized epistemology," and Rorty's critique. These discussions are undertaken with a great deal of sensitivity to the needs of the beginning student of epistemology.

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Table of Contents


1. What is Epistemology?2. Propositional Knowledge as Justified True Belief3. Further Attempts to Define Propositional Knowledge4. When Is a Belief Adequately Justified?5. Foundationalism About Empirical Beliefs6. Foundationalism About A Priori Beliefs7. Coherence Theories of Justification Explained8. An Assessment of Coherentism9. Problems with Identifying Deductive Inferences10. The Traditional Problem of Induction11. A Continuum of Inferences12. Quine and Naturalized Epistemology13. Rorty on Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Logic Appendix. Further Readings. Bibliography. Index

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GOR002147236
Modern Epistemology: A New Introduction by Alec Fisher
Alec Fisher
Used - Very Good
Paperback
McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
1994-12-01
272
0070212147
9780070212145
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