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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing; Second Edition edition (4 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405169664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405169660
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 4.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This carefully conceived collection puts together the key articles in a comprehensive range of topics. With a restructured table of contents and many new articles, the second edition supplies the reader with the full range of recent, cutting edge, developments. An ideal text for teaching contemporary epistemology, it will prove to be an indispensable volume.
Matthias Steup, St Cloud State University

This excellent anthology contains outstanding papers written on both traditional and cutting edge issues in epistemology. Every major topic and every major approach to those topics is covered through selections representing many of the most influential figures in contemporary analytic epistemology. It is without doubt the best text of its kind.
Richard Fumerton, University of Iowa

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The simplest questions are never so simple. What is knowledge? has been pondered for millennia and continues to engage the most brilliant philosophical minds.

With all central topics in the field included skepticism, the definition and structure of knowledge, the nature of epistemic justification, and many more Epistemology: An Anthology continues to represent the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of canonical readings in the theory of knowledge. In addition to including all–new sections on Epistemic Closure and Testimony, Memory, and Perception; the editors have updated many of the sections from the first edition by adding new selections on the value of knowledge, sensitive invariantism, and epistemic relativism among other topics.

Striking an excellent balance between traditional theories and cutting edge contemporary methodologies, Epistemology: An Anthology is an essential compendium for all philosophers concerned with the latest developments in the theory of knowledge.

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I am a Masters student taking a module in epistemology, and this book is the only required text, which is testament to its usefulness. It contains a full range of essays including classics (such as Gettier's on justified true belief, and Stroud's on Descartes' scepticism) to texts that demonstrate the more recent development of, and current thinking on, particular issues.

The book is divided into topical sections, and a short introduction to each section puts the essays into context, explaining their basic arguments and conclusions along with and their contribution to the wider literature on said topics. Bibliographies in each topic provide further avenues for investigation.

The sections, with each essay's author(s), are:

1) Scepticism (Stroud, Moore, Klein, Williams)
2) The Structure of Knowledge and Justification (Chisholm, Sellars, BonJour, Davidson, Haack, Sosa, Klein)
3) Defining Knowledge (Gettier, Harman, Zagzebski, Williamson)
4) Epistemic Closure (Dretske, Stine, Nozick, Sosa, Vogel)
5) Theories of Epistemic Justification (Feldman and Conee, Foley, Goldman, Vogel, BonJour, Goldman, Fumerton, Feldman and Conee)
6) Virtue Epistemology and the Value of Knowledge (Plantinga, Zagzebski, Greco, Pritchard, Sosa, Kvanvig, Elgin)
7) Naturalized Epistemology and the A Priori (Quine, Kim, Antony, Putnam, Casullo, Bealer; Weinberg, Nichols, and Stich; Kornblith
8) Knowledge and the Pragmatic (DeRose, Lewis, Cohen, Stanley, Fantl and McGrath, Hawthorne, MacFarlane)
9) Testimony, Memory, and Perception (Baker, Fricker, Burge, Lackey, Huemer, McDowell, Reynolds)

Such a wide-ranging text should be a first port of call for anyone thinking and learning about epistemology for the first time. It should also be a useful reference for research.

A link to a complete table of contents, listing the essays within the book, can be found above on the Amazon page.
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I have a general interest in philosophy and bought this becuase it contains most of the papers discussed in a general introduction to epistomology I bought to get me started. This anthology was in my local university book shop so I guessed it was used in the undergraduate course in philosophy.

It covers all the expected topics - skepticism, justification, what is knowledge, the value of knowledge, as well as having a section on memory and perception. The editors provide clear and not-too-technical commentaries on each section/paper. One month post-purchase, I feel I have understood the papers on skepticism (the first section) - although it was hard work and the internet helped along with my introductory text (mentioned above). Rewarding.
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Good value and a most valuable selection
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HASH(0x9a1ce720) out of 5 stars Excellent Collection of Contemporary Writings 6 April 2012
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Originally published in 2000 and edited by Ernst Sosa and Jaegwon Kim, `Epistemology: An Anthology' is an instalment in the Blackwell Philosophical Anthologies Series. The text includes over 40 previously published essays from leading contemporary epistemologists on a range of issues, such as, knowledge, justification, naturalized epistemology and scepticism.

The contributors to this volume represent a virtue who's who of leading contemporary epistemologists; Goldman, Bonjour, Kim, Alston, Plantinga, etc. While this is an excellent collection it is not an introductory text. The essays are likely to be of most interest to academic philosophers, or grad students, with a high level of subject matter knowledge. From a physical perspective the font is small and at over 900 pages the book can be difficult to use.

Readers seeking a broader discussion of epistemology may be better served by a text such as `Epistemology: the Big Questions' (some overlap with this collection but also containing some historic and introductory essays) or perhaps even a general introductory text with a section on epistemology, such as' Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings' edited by Pojman.

Overall, this is a handy collection of important papers. I recommend it for serious students of epistemology. Potential readers are advised to review the table of contents prior to purchase - many of these essays have been published in various mediums.
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This stunning collection puts the competition far enough in the shade as to almost disappear. Such venerable standards as Bernecker and Dretske's "Knowledge" are simply rendered obsolete by this comprehensive, deeply thought, and far-reaching tome. If you are in any way involved in The Philosophic Project or a philosophic project, this massive volume is sine qua non.
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really good intro to epistemology course
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The most horrible book about epistemology. Impossible to decipher. No practical use what so ever. I'm burning it. I may post a picture of its ashes.
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Not easy material and not a lot of insightful commentary. This is the textbook a survey course in Epistomology - Phil 122 Berkeley Fall 2013. I can't imagine anyone reading it outside of a class or getting much out of it if they did.
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