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What Is This Thing Called Knowledge?

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Part 1: What is knowledge? 1. Some preliminaries 2. The value of knowledge 3. Defining knowledge 4. The structure of knowledge 5. Rationality 6. Virtues and faculties Part 2: Where does knowledge come from? 7. Perception 8. Testimony and memory 9. A priority and inference 10. The problem of induction Part 3: What kinds of knowledge are there? 11. Scientific knowledge 12. Religious knowledge 13. Moral knowledge Part 4: Do we know anything at all? 14. Scepticism about other minds 15. Radical scepticism 16. Truth and objectivity. General further reading Glossary of terms Glossary of key examples Index

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Duncan Pritchard FRSE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His main research area is epistemology, and he has published widely in this field, including the books Epistemic Luck (2005), Knowledge (2009), The Nature and Value of Knowledge (with A. Millar & A. Haddock, 2010), and Epistemological Disjunctivism (2012). In 2007 he was awarded a Phillip Leverhulme Prize for his research. In 2011 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


"This third edition of What is this thing called Knowledge? is the best single-author introduction to epistemology on the market. Written by one of our very best epistemologists, it is ideal for students who might never before have encountered the subject." - Tim Black, California State University, Northridge, USA "A highly accessible and up-to-date introduction to philosophical questions about knowledge, written by one of the world's leading epistemologists. It will give beginners a clear and wide-ranging overview of this central area of philosophy, as well as valuable guidance for further reading." - Conor McHugh, University of Southampton, UK "Accessible, clearly written, wide-ranging, informed by the very latest scholarship, and replete with a considerable pedagogical apparatus, this updated edition of What Is This Thing Called Knowledge? is an exceptional introduction to the field." - John Turri, University of Waterloo, Canada "What is this thing called Knowledge? has established itself as one of the leading texts in epistemology, combining exemplary simplicity of style with a detailed approach to the main issues. This new edition combines breadth, scope and clarity." - Pascal Engel, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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