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An Introduction to Epistemology




An Introduction to Epistemology

Charles Landesman

ISBN: 978-0-631-20213-4 October 1996 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages

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This book is the ideal introduction to the fundamental problems and issues of epistemology. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and is valuable both as a core text for beginning students and as support material for more advanced courses.

Part I: Sense Awareness:.

1. The Original Understanding.

2. Sense Awareness and Direct Realism.

3. Representative Realism.

4. Sound.

5. Visual Sense Awareness.

Part II: Appearance and Reality:.

6. Primary and Secondary Qualities.

7. Color.

8. Color Skepticism.

9. Observation and Acquaintance.

10. Images.

11. The Evidence of the Senses.

Part III: Skepticism:.

12. Skepticism with Regard to the Senses.

13. Realism and Skepticism.

14. Realism and Idealism.

15. Idealism and Constructivism.

16. Idealism and Causal Relations.

17. A Proof of the External World.

18. Conceptual Frameworks and Material Objects.

19. Knowledge of the External World.

20. Doubts about the Method of Doubt.

Part IV: Self-Knowledge:.

21. Beyond Sensitive Knowledge.

22. The Cogito and the Problem of Self-Knowledge.

23. The Disappearance of the Self.

24. Reflection.

25. Mental Content.

26. Propositional Attitudes.

27. Privileged Access.

28. Abstract Objects and Mental Content.

29. Conceptual Representation.

Part V: Beyond Basic Belief:.

30. The Reliability of Basic Beliefs.

31. Derived Belief.

32. Truth.

33. Evidence and Inductive Skepticism.

34. The Rationale of Induction.

35. Observation and Transcendent Inference.

36. Scientific Realism.

37. The Grounds of Anti-Realism.

38. Pragmatism and Realism.

Part VI: A Priori Knowledge:.

39. Intuitive Knowledge.

40. Trifling, or Analytic, Propositions.

41. Instructive, or Synthetic, Propositions.

42. Logic and Analyticity.

43. Ontology and the A Priori.

44. Skepticism about Meaning.

45. Over Minds.

Part VII: Epistemology:.

46. Epistemology.

47. The Ethics of Belief.




"The book is written in a delightfully clear and incisive style. It is accessible without being superficial. The coverage of topics is comprehensive, well organised and well balanced ... I would certainly want to use this book as a main text in introductory epistemology courses." Professor E J Lowe, University of Durham

"Philosophical intelligence, historical erudition, interpretational sensitivity, and pedagogical insight all come together in this excellent, historically informed introduction to the central issues of epistemology. Altogether a great success!" Ernest Sosa, Brown University

* Includes further reading sections and full bibliography.
* Introduces beginning students to key issues within epistemology.
* Discusses sense-perception, the nature of self-knowledge, the theory of induction and ethics of belief.