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A Guide through the Theory of Knowledge, 3rd Edition



A Guide through the Theory of Knowledge, 3rd Edition

Adam Morton

ISBN: 978-1-405-10011-3 August 2002 Wiley-Blackwell 204 Pages


The third edition of this highly acclaimed text is ideal for introductory courses in epistemology. Assuming little or no philosophical knowledge, it guides beginning students through the landmarks in epistemology, covering historically important topics as well as current issues and debates.
Foreword for Students.


1. Beliefs And Their Qualities:.

Defending and Attacking Beliefs.

Epistemic Ideals.

The Basic Concepts.

The Basic Questions of The Theory Of Knowledge.

Two Extreme Views.

2. Perception:.

The Issues.

The Concepts.


Some Experiments.

Evidence Without Certainty.

What is Special About Perception?.

3. Apriori Beliefs:.

Knowledge Just By Thinking.

Apriori, Analytic, Necessary.

Kant on the Synthetic Apriori.

Quine on the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction.

Conceptual Truths.

The Uses of Reasoning.

4. Inductive Reasoning:.

Simple Induction.

Hume's Problem.

Goodman's Problem.


Solutions to Goodman's Problem.

Justifying Induction.

The Safeness of Induction.


Safeness Reconsidered.

5. Middleword: Fallibilism:.

Error versus Ignorance.

Foundationalism versus Holism.


How the Web Changes.

6. Defining Knowledge:.

Top-grade Belief.

Lehrer's Principle.

Reliability: The Case of the Ancient Mariner.

Missing Information.

Knowledge and Trust.

7. Externalism and Epistemic Virtues:.

The Escape from Justification.


Cousins of Knowledge.

Skepticism and Knowing that You Know.


The Externalist Attitude.

8. Knowledge Of Minds:.

Psychological Beliefs.

Self-centered Theories.

Behavioral Theories.

Folk Psychology.

Materialist Theories.

Errors of Self-attribution.

Dispositions, Occurrences, and Reliability.

Conclusion: The Indispensability of Psychology.

9. Moral Knowledge:.

Knowing Right from Wrong.

Thick and Thin Moral Beliefs.

Analogies: Color, Humor, and Witches.


Knowing What You Know.

10. Bayesian And Naturalist Theories:.

Why Probability?.

A Guide Through The Theory Of Probability.

The Bayesian Picture of Evidence.

Objections to Bayesianism.

Background Beliefs.

Rationality Naturalized.

Bayesianism vs. Naturalism.

11. Afterword: Some Future Epistemology:.


Appendix for Teachers.


"Morton's highly readable third edition treats a notoriously difficult topic with pizzazz. Colorful illustrations encourage readers to think deeply about complex issues, not just memorize what philosophers have said about them. One could hardly hope for a better guide through the rough terrain of epistemology." Martin Montminy, University of Ottawa <!--end-->

"This new edition of Adam Morton's well-established introduction to epistemology will be extremely helpful to students and teachers. The book is particularly suited for those coming to the area for the first time. It is clear without being simplistic, engaging without being patronizing, and introductory without being bland. This new edition brings the discussion up to date, while the new chapter on externalism and epistemic virtues explores the issues very well. Once again, Morton's guidance will be invaluable to many." Robert Stern, University of Sheffield

  • Guides the reader through the main landmarks of epistemology.

  • Covers both historically important topics and current issues and debates.

  • Includes an entirely new chapter on externalism and epistemic virtues.

  • Each chapter contains comprehension questions, simulation questions, and a list of relevant electronic resources.

  • Revised for clarity and ease of comprehension throughout.