on 30 August 2014
It's a satisfactory study in parts, but I found the author too verbose and his writing style a little convoluted compared to other texts on the subject. Epistemology is a notoriously complex topic to grapple with, so those new to the topic need to be presented with a text that is clear, accessible and succinct. If one wants a true master of epistemic elucidation, then look no further than Bertrand Russell. Through his logic and mathematical reasoning, clear and logical steps are taken to reach a reasonable summation of the certainties and boundaries of existential knowledge.
on 9 May 2015
The writer's style is extremely verbose and he spends a lot of time in the first few chapters, on perception and memory, rehearsing platitudes. Very wearisome. Worse still, he does not make it clear what the distinctively philosophical questions about perception and memory are, and why existing empirical inquiries by psychologists and neuroscientists are not sufficient to answer the questions he poses. He spends a lot of time discussing theories of perception and theories of memory, which basically aim to give an account of what perception and memory are and how they work. But the obvious way to answer those questions seems to be to consult psychologists who have devoted large amounts of time in empirical investigation of such matters.
To be fair, I cannot comment on the chapters beyond the first few ones on perception and memory; but that is because I gave up the book in disgust at that point.