An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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"Clear, lively, and based on thorough knowledge of the field, O′Brien′s book provides an excellent introductory text in epistemology."
Christopher Hookway, University of Sheffield
"You would have bet against anyone being able to present a concise, rigorous, thoroughly enjoyable introduction not just to all the central areas of epistemology but also to such difficult topics as Wilfrid Sellars′ Myth of the Given, Wittgenstein′s private language arguments and John McDowell′s theory of experience. You would have lost. Dan O Brien′s text is just excellent. The author is an ideal guide through the maze of views that constitutes modern theory of knowledge."
Laurence Goldstein, University of Kent
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Unlike other introductions, O'Brien does not use his book as a vehicle for the presentation of his own favoured theories and positions, but maps the territory without bias, so as to best allow the reader to commence the process of clarifying their own perspective. Each chapter ends with a provocative list of questions intended not just to assist the reader in grounding the material, but also to provoke them into discovering for themselves the further complex questions that underlie the relatively shallow overview to which they have been introduced. Examples and thought experiments adapted from cinema and literature help to enliven the precise but informal treatment. Philosophy that is not just rewarding but actually entertaining; quite an achievement.
Dr Mark Tebbit
University of Reading
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