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Epistemology: The Classic Readings

David E. Cooper (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21087-0
304 pages
January 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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From Plato to Quine, this volume provides a concise collection of the essential, classic readings in theory of knowledge.
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Table of Contents

1. Plato, Republic, 475e-480a and 506d-518c.

2. Aristotle, Posterior Analytics, Book I, 1-4 & 31 and Book II, 19.

3. Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism, Book I, 1-16 & 18-27.

4. The Book of Chuang Tzu, Chapter 2.

5. The Nyaya-Sutras, from Book I, Chapter I & Book II, Chapter 1, with Vatsyayana Commentary.

6. Nagarjuna, Vigrahavyavartani, 5-6, 30-51.

7. Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy I-III and Objections and Replies (Selections).

8.(A) John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book I, Chapter 2, 1-24.(B) G. W. Leibniz, New Essays on Human Understanding, Preface.

9. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 12.

10. Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, Essay 6, Chapter 5.

11. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Introduction.

(2nd Edition), I-VI.

12. Friedrich Nietzsche, On truth and lies in a nonmoral sense.

13. Charles S. Pierce, Some consequences of four incapacities (excerpt) and the fixation of belief.

14. Edmund Husserl, The Idea of Phenomenology, Lectures 1-2.

15. Bertrand Russell, Knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description.

16. Moritz Schlick, On the foundation of knowledge.

17. Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty, 1-42, 91-105, 192-284.

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Author Information

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. He is the author of a number of books including Metaphor (1986), Existentialism (1990), and World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction (1996). He is also editor of the Blackwell Companion to Aesthetics (1992), Aesthetics: the Classic Readings (1997), and Ethics: the Classic Readings (1998). All of the above are published by Blackwell Publishers.
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The Wiley Advantage

* Concise, chronologically-arranged collection of the classic readings in theory of knowledge.
* Includes non-western philosophical texts.
* Includes substantial editorial introduction to epistemology and useful introductions to each classic reading.
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