This comprehensive introduction explains the concepts and theories central to understanding knowledge. The third edition features new sections on such topics as the nature of intuition, the skeptical challenge of rational disagreement, and “the value problem”—the question why knowledge is preferable to mere true belief. Special features of the third edition of Epistemology include:• • • enhanced treatment of key topics such as perception, scientific hypotheses, self-evidence and the a priori, testimony, contextualism, understanding, and virtue epistemology expanded discussion of the relation between epistemology and related fields, especially philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics greater clarity for undergraduate readers.
Praise for the third edition:
“. .. Robert Audi’s Epistemology, Third Edition, is the most authoritative, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art textbook in the field. In clear, masterful prose, Audi covers all the main topics in epistemology . . . Every student of epistemology—new and old—should read this book.” —Peter Graham, University of California, Riverside “. . . unusually comprehensive, elegantly structured, and accessible .. . a cutting-edge treatment of the latest debates about the nature of intuitions, the significance of rational disagreement, and the value of knowledge and justified true belief.” —Ralph Kennedy, Wake Forest University “. . . a well-motivated, comprehensive, accessible introduction for students as well as an original, exciting, cutting-edge work of epistemology in its own right. Novices andexperts alike will continually profit—and tremendously so—from studying it . . . an ideal text for undergraduate courses in epistemology, and even graduate-level surveys.” —E.J. Coffman, University of Tennessee
Praise for the second edition:
“. . . philosophically insightful and masterfully written—even more so in its new edition. Guaranteed to fascinate the beginner while retaining its exaltedstatus with the experts.” —Claudio de Almeida, PUCRS, Brazil “My students like this book and have learned much from it, as I have . . . Epistemology . . . is simply the best textbook in epistemology that I know of.” —Thomas Vinci, Dalhousie University
Praise for the first edition:
“No less than one would expect from a first-rate epistemologist who is also a master expositor . . . A superbintroduction.” —Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University “This is a massively impressive book, introducing . . . virtually all the main areas of epistemology. . . . lucid and highly readable, while not shirking the considerable complexities of his subject matter.” —Elizabeth .M. Fricker, University of Oxford “A state-of-the-art introduction to epistemology by one of the leading figures in the field.” —William P.Alston, Syracuse University Robert Audi is John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and author of many papers and books on knowledge and belief, justification, and rationality.
A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge Third Edition
Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series editor: Paul K Moser, Loyola Universityof Chicago
This innovative, well-structured series is for students who have already done an introductory course in philosophy. Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject. The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivatesand expounds the problems and positions introduced. An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course. Considerable attention is given to explaining the central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions. The primary aim is to...