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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, useful, but not always an easy read
This is a good overview of Contemporary Epistemology - but don't think it is a beginners guide! It is intricate and at times deep, although I felt at times that Dancy's writing style makes it more difficult to understand what are tricky but in philosophical terms not desparately difficult concepts. A few bits I had to read several times to understand. But I did learn from...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coherence versus foundations
This book introduces and defends the coherence theory of truth and justification as an approach to the epistemological enterprize.
The book starts out with a clear classification of central sceptical problems and the authors convictions that they should be taken seriously.
It then introduces the definition of knowledge and the associated Gettier problems as well...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, useful, but not always an easy read, 30 July 2011
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This is a good overview of Contemporary Epistemology - but don't think it is a beginners guide! It is intricate and at times deep, although I felt at times that Dancy's writing style makes it more difficult to understand what are tricky but in philosophical terms not desparately difficult concepts. A few bits I had to read several times to understand. But I did learn from the book (and did very well in my Epistemology exams, in no small part to what I learnt from this book). It is not a completely unbiased guide to all sides of the arguments - but Dancy does make it clear that he is expressing in many parts his views.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coherence versus foundations, 11 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology (Paperback)
This book introduces and defends the coherence theory of truth and justification as an approach to the epistemological enterprize.
The book starts out with a clear classification of central sceptical problems and the authors convictions that they should be taken seriously.
It then introduces the definition of knowledge and the associated Gettier problems as well as providing a critique of; the conditional theory, causal theory and defeasibility condition theory.
Thirdly the book provides a critique of foundationalism as a theory of justification and instead defends the coherence theory against some of it's traditional criticisms and makes an interseting case for the coherence theory justifying inductive reasoning.
I found this book quite enjoyable, the arguements are passionately given but are at the same time clear and make much reference to other philosophers (it's not just the authors own views and theories being run off) espicially Quine.
Readers are unlikely to buy some of the author's defensive arguements for the coherence theory - he seems to try and sidestep the pluralty objection rather than create a strong arguement against it - but the book is worth reading for it's scope of inquiry alone: perception, memory, induction, holism versus atomism, indeterminacy etc. All are examined with reference to the coherence theory's application to their central poblems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid work, 24 May 2015
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Still interesting, though things have obviously progressed since it was written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 April 2015
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Exellent condition.Dispatced on time.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 24 Oct. 2010
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Another book on my core reading for second year Epistemology towards my BA Hons in Philosophy and this one is invaluable. Great book, very useful and very interesting, a must if you are interested in epistemology and have a background in philosophy. May want to grab a dictionary of philosophy to go with it though as there are a few words in it that threw even me!
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