Epistemology : A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge 3/Ed


  • Author: Robert Audi
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN-13: 9781138283732
  • Pages: 404
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2010


About The Book

Epistemology, or “the theory of knowledge,” is concerned with how we know what we know, what justifies us in believing what we believe, and what standards of evidence we should use in seeking truths about the world and human experience.  This comprehensive introduction to the field of epistemology explains the concepts and theories central to understanding knowledge. Along with covering the traditional topics of the discipline in detail, Epistemology explores emerging areas of research.  The third edition features new sections on such topics as the nature of intuition, the skeptical challenge of rational disagreement, and “the value problem” – the range of questions concerning why knowledge and justified true belief have value beyond that of merely true belief.  Updated and expanded, Epistemology remains a superb introduction to one of the most fundamental fields of philosophy.

Special features of the third edition of Epistemology include:

a comprehensive survey of basic concepts, major theories, and emerging research in the field

enhanced treatment of key topics such as contextualism, perception (including perceptual content), scientific hypotheses, self-evidence and the a priori, testimony, understanding, and virtue epistemology

expanded discussion of the relation between epistemology and related fields, especially philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics

increased clarity and ease of understanding for an undergraduate audience

an updated list of key literature and annotated bibliography.

About The Author

Robert Audi is the Professor of Philosophy and David E. Gallo Chair in Ethics, at the University of Notre Dame. He is internationally recognized as one of the leading authors in the field of epistemology. His books include The Structure of Justification (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Action, Intention and Reason (Cornell University Press, 1993) and Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character (Oxford University Press, 1997).