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VINE VOICEon 4 November 2010
I am a Masters student taking a module in epistemology, and this book is the only required text, which is testament to its usefulness. It contains a full range of essays including classics (such as Gettier's on justified true belief, and Stroud's on Descartes' scepticism) to texts that demonstrate the more recent development of, and current thinking on, particular issues.

The book is divided into topical sections, and a short introduction to each section puts the essays into context, explaining their basic arguments and conclusions along with and their contribution to the wider literature on said topics. Bibliographies in each topic provide further avenues for investigation.

The sections, with each essay's author(s), are:

1) Scepticism (Stroud, Moore, Klein, Williams)
2) The Structure of Knowledge and Justification (Chisholm, Sellars, BonJour, Davidson, Haack, Sosa, Klein)
3) Defining Knowledge (Gettier, Harman, Zagzebski, Williamson)
4) Epistemic Closure (Dretske, Stine, Nozick, Sosa, Vogel)
5) Theories of Epistemic Justification (Feldman and Conee, Foley, Goldman, Vogel, BonJour, Goldman, Fumerton, Feldman and Conee)
6) Virtue Epistemology and the Value of Knowledge (Plantinga, Zagzebski, Greco, Pritchard, Sosa, Kvanvig, Elgin)
7) Naturalized Epistemology and the A Priori (Quine, Kim, Antony, Putnam, Casullo, Bealer; Weinberg, Nichols, and Stich; Kornblith
8) Knowledge and the Pragmatic (DeRose, Lewis, Cohen, Stanley, Fantl and McGrath, Hawthorne, MacFarlane)
9) Testimony, Memory, and Perception (Baker, Fricker, Burge, Lackey, Huemer, McDowell, Reynolds)

Such a wide-ranging text should be a first port of call for anyone thinking and learning about epistemology for the first time. It should also be a useful reference for research.

A link to a complete table of contents, listing the essays within the book, can be found above on the Amazon page.
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on 7 December 2012
I have a general interest in philosophy and bought this becuase it contains most of the papers discussed in a general introduction to epistomology I bought to get me started. This anthology was in my local university book shop so I guessed it was used in the undergraduate course in philosophy.

It covers all the expected topics - skepticism, justification, what is knowledge, the value of knowledge, as well as having a section on memory and perception. The editors provide clear and not-too-technical commentaries on each section/paper. One month post-purchase, I feel I have understood the papers on skepticism (the first section) - although it was hard work and the internet helped along with my introductory text (mentioned above). Rewarding.
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on 20 November 2014
Good value and a most valuable selection
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on 10 August 2014
Great job, would recommend
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