I know what I know...,
This review is from: Readings in Epistemology: From Aquinas, Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant (Hardcover)
I use the book `Readings in Epistemology' by Fr. Vincent Potter (late of Fordham University) in the Epistemology (400-level course) I teach. Most of my students have had prior to the course on the most basic introduction to epistemological ideas; in the introductory course, they will have studied Descartes and Locke - although for Locke, they likely concentrated more on the Two Treatises on Civil Government rather than the epistemological writings.
The book includes in chronological arrangement excerpts from the following: Francis Bacon, Galileo, Rene Descartes, John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. There is an appendix with some passages from Thomas Aquinas, and I usually have my students in the first week read these things first. As one can see, the pieces are heavily weighted toward the Empiricism side of things; also, ending with Kant, we certainly lose anything twentieth century on linguistic, philosophy of mind or other issues that have arisen to make Epistemology a key philosophical area of discussion. However, much of that gets so technical so fast that, for an introductory course in the subject, primary texts would be difficult for many students.
Potter's idea is to give a reading list that helps demonstrate `in a general way what the nature and scope of man's capacity to know are.' How do ideas come into play? What role do our senses have in giving us knowledge? Can we count on these? To what degree? How do we judge things true or false?
Potter gives a brief historical context for the book as a whole, and then a short essay for each of the philosophers presented. These essays serve to connect the thinkers to each other as well as others beyond the scope of the book (particularly strands of Plato and Aristotle that wind through the thinking). There are also study questions at the end of set of readings. These are open-ended questions that can serve students who are searching for the right angle for research papers and final essays.
This is a good basic collection of readings for an undergraduate introduction to the subject.