DescriptionThe 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.
1. Beliefs And Their Qualities:.
Defending and Attacking Beliefs.
The Basic Concepts.
The Basic Questions of The Theory Of Knowledge.
Two Extreme Views.
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.
The Uses of Reasoning.
4. Inductive Reasoning:.
Solutions to Goodman's Problem.
The Safeness of Induction.
5. Middleword: Fallibilism:.
Error versus Ignorance.
Foundationalism versus Holism.
How the Web Changes.
6. Defining Knowledge:.
Reliability: The Case of the Ancient Mariner.
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:.
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:.
A Guide Through The Theory Of Probability.
The Bayesian Picture of Evidence.
Objections to Bayesianism.
Bayesianism vs. Naturalism.
11. Afterword: Some Future Epistemology:.
Appendix for Teachers.
"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.