on 19 July 2004
At last, here is a book on epistemology which serves the needs of AS Philosophy students. Most texts on theory of knowledge are far too heavy going for those new to the subject; a few others are so brief they lack sufficient depth. This book, however, is accessible without oversimplifying the issues. I now use it as a standard text for my students and am eagerly awaiting the publication of other titles in the Philosophy in Focus series.
on 11 May 2004
*This book is fantastic*
I rent this book from my College Library each week as part of my AS Philosophy Studies, and it provides all the necessary information and more.
It is written in an easy-to-understand manner, and even contains Diagrams to explain theories (which is rare in Philosophy Books!).
The same writers also have similar books for the other AS year modules - I guarantee these books are great. And the text inside is not in tiny writing too.
Excellent read, and highly recommended.
on 21 March 2010
Although the AQA philosophy syllabus has changed this book can still come in useful for Epistemology and Metaphysics in the new A2 PHIL3 paper. It deals well with the response to scepticism (mitigated, transcendental, appeal to ordinary language) and is good on justified true belief (and Gettier). The section on phenomenalism is slightly longer than that in the new Hodder 'Introduction to Philosophy', though substantially the same.
It is clearer than Chapter 3 of the offical Nelson Thornes A2 book. But then so is the Ganges. I confess that there is depth in the Nelson Thornes but too much murk for A Level, I think. The 'Philosophy in focus' and Lacewing should suffice, as the latter is lucid on subject specifications, if a little brief.