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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (20 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415722691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415722698
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Duncan Pritchard FRSE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, a post he has held since 2007. Prior to taking up this position, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He works mainly in epistemology, and has published widely in this area. In 2007 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2011 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2013 he will deliver the annual Soochow Lectures in Philosophy in Taipei. To find out more about him, take a look at his webpage here:

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“This volume captures the state of the art in epistemology.  Its articles range from classic problems like skepticism and the analysis of knowledge to more recent issues such as the value of knowledge, the significance of disagreement, and the relevance of knowledge attributions.  The volume is broad enough to include every conceivable approach to epistemology–from the armchair to experimental philosophy–and every way in which knowledge can be acquired.  Lucidly organized and with contributions from many first-rate philosophers, it should be at the center of debate for years to come.”
Baron Reed, Northwestern University

“This is a state-of-the-art collection by some of the leading epistemologists in the world today. The quality of the essays is exceptionally high and it is hard to think of a better volume of this kind on the market at present. Indispensable.”
Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick

The Routledge Companion to Epistemology has the virtues of a classic reference work.  It is a comprehensive presentation of the state of contemporary philosophy about knowledge and related matters.  Many of the entries are written by the most influential philosophers on their topics.  Non-epistemologists can use the work to find out what has been going on in almost any area of epistemology.  Epistemologists can benefit from authoritative descriptions of work in areas beyond their expertise.”
Earl Conee, University of Rochester

"With almost 80 entries by leading experts, no practicing or aspiring epistemologist should be without a copy by his or her side. No library should go without, and everyone working in contemporary philosophy would benefit from having this reference ready to hand. Bernecker and Pritchard have stitched together a truly outstanding collection of concise and informative essays covering the whole of contemporary epistemology."
-Peter Graham, University of California, Riverside

"As a series, the 'Routledge Philosophy Companions' has met with near universal acclaim.  This expansive volume not only continues the trend but quite possibly sets a new standard.  Combining encyclopedic coverage with the scholarly acumen of established leaders in the field, this is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and libraries...Indeed, this is a definitive resource that will continue to prove its value for a long time to come.  Summing Up: Essential.  Lower-level undergraduates and above." -CHOICE

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Sven Bernecker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine. His main areas of research are epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind, and he has published numerous articles in these areas. He is the author of Reading Epistemology (2006) and is co-editor with Fred Dretske of Knowledge (2000).

Duncan Pritchard FRSE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He works mainly in epistemology, and has published widely in this area. His books include Epistemic Luck (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Nature and Value of Knowledge (with A. Millar & A. Haddock), (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Epistemological Disjunctivism (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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The Routledge Companion to Epistemology is a brilliant anthology of epistemological texts from leaders in this long-established and wide-ranging field of philosophy. Pritchard and Bernecker, two highly erudite philosophers themselves, are perfectly placed to organise and compile such an exhaustive text. An early disappointment though is that such accomplished epistemologists do not provide brief introductions to 'set the scene' for the forthcoming section. In other anthologies, this format can be particularly effective in clearing-up complicated or pervasive concepts and issues touched upon in the upcoming section. Despite this, there is little doubt the the Companion will serve as an indispensable guide to students of epistemology and since this feeds into so many other areas of philosophy, including science and mathematics (at least), these students may also find such text important to their work.

The Companion is divided into ten separate (but interconnected) regions, namely Foundational Concepts, The Analysis of Knowledge, The Structure of Knowledge, Kinds of Knowledge, Skepticism, Responses to Skepticism, Knowledge and Knowledge Attributions, Formal Epistemology, The History of Epistemology, Metaepistemological Issues. Each section contains numerous chapters, totalling seventy-eight overall. It is hard to see how any student of epistemology will not be working in areas directly overlapping with those covered in the book. In fact, due to the incredible breadth of scope, there is a good chance one will have a chapter, or even an entire section, covering relevant material.

The first three sections are really foundational, even though only the first is given that title.
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