Epistemology: The Big Questions
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: What is Knowledge?:.
2. Meditations: Rene Descartes.
3. On Certainty: Ludwig Wittgenstein.
4. The Right to be Sure: A. J. Ayer.
5. Epistemology's End: Catherine Elgin.
Part II: How Are Beliefs Justified?:.
7. Internalism and Externalism in Epistemology: William P. Alston.
8. The General Conditions of Knowledge: Justification: Carl Ginet.
9. What is Justified Belief?: Alvin Goldman.
10. Contextualism and Knowledge Attributions: Keith DeRose.
11. Taking Subjectivity into Account: Lorraine Code.
12. The Practices of Justification: Alessandra Tanesini.
Part III: What is the Structure of Knowledge?:.
14. The Myth of the Given: Roderick Chisholm.
15. The Raft and the Pyramid: Ernest Sosa.
16. The Elements of Coherentism: Laurence BonJour.
17. The Hermeneutic Code: Hans-Georg Gadamer. Further Reading.
Part IV: What is Naturalized Epistemology?:.
19. Epistemology Naturalized: W. V. O. Quine.
20. What is 'Naturalized Epistemology? Jaegwon Kim.
21. Putting Naturalized Epistemology to Work: Phyllis Rooney. Further Reading.
Part V: What is Truth?:.
23. The Minimal Theory: Paul Horwich.
24. Language, Truth and Reason: Ian Hacking.
25. Pragmatism, Relativism, Irrationalism: Richard Rorty. Further Reading.
Part VI: What if We Don't Know Anything At All?:.
27. Cartesian Scepticism and Inference to the Best Explanation: Jonathan Vogel.
28. Skepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge: Barry Stroud.
29. Othello's Doubt/Desdemona's Death: The Engendering of Scepticism: Naomi Scheman.
Part VII: How is Epistemology Political?.
31. The 'Maleness' of Reason: Genevieve Lloyd.
32. Alternative Epistemologies: Charles W. Mills.
33. Idols of the Cave: Mary Tiles and Jim Tiles.
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