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Handbook of Epistemology - Ilkka Niiniluoto

Handbook of Epistemology

By: Ilkka Niiniluoto (Editor), Matti Sintonen (Editor), Jan Wolenski (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9781402019852
Number Of Pages: 1052

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Epistemology or theory of knowledge has always been one of the most important -if not the most important -field of philosophy. New arguments are constantly brought to bear on old views, new variants are marshalled to revive ancient stands, new concepts and distinctions increase the sophistication of epistemogical theories. There are a great many excellent textbooks, monographs as well as anthologies consisting of articles in epistemology. Similarly, there are useful philosophical dictionaries which contain a great number of relatively short entries, and general philosophical handbooks which also touch epistemological issues. This volume of 27 essays grew out from the interest to see a handbook which is devoted entirely to the historical roots and systematic development of theory of knowledge. It is not intended to compete but to supplement the already existing literature. It aims at giving both beginners and more advanced students as well as professionals in epistemology and other areas of philosophy an overview of the central problems and solutions of epistemology. The essays are self-contained and stil often rather extensive discussions of the chosen aspects of knowledge. The contributions presuppose very little familiarity with previous literature and only a few of them require the mastery of even elementary logical notation. This, we hope, makes the volume also accessible to the philosophically interested wider audience. The contributors were asked to provide substantial, up-to-date, self-contained and balanced surveys of the various subareas and more specific topics of epistemology, with reference to literature.

The History of Epistemology
Sources of Knowledge and Belief
Perception and Consciousness
Testimony: Knowing through Being Told
Reason and Rationality
Knowledge Acquisition
Learning Theory and Epistemology
Scientific Discovery
Belief Revision from an Epistemological Point of View
Truth and Justification
The Analysis of Knowing
Theories of Truth
Antirealism and the Role of Truth
Theories of Justification
Belief and Acceptance
Epistemology and Areas of Knowledge
Scientific Knowledge
Mathematical Knowledge
Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Epistemology of Religious Belief
Knowledge and Semantic Competence
Special Topics
Naturalism and Evolutionary Epistemologies
Analytic vs. Synthetic and A Priori vs. A Posteriori
Epistemology and Cognitive Science
Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
Epistemic Logic
Knowledge and Art
Feminist Epistemology
Index of Names
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9781402019852
ISBN-10: 1402019858
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1052
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.66