Pathways to Knowledge

Pathways to Knowledge : Private and Public

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How can we know? How can we attain justified belief? These traditional questions in epistemology have inspired philosophers for centuries. Now, in this exceptional work, Alvin Goldman, distinguished scholar and leader in the fields of epistemology and mind, approaches such inquiries as legitimate methods or "pathways" to knowledge. He examines the notion of private and public knowledge, arguing for the epistemic legitimacy of private and introspective methods of gaining knowledge, yet acknowledging the equal importance of social and public mechanisms in the quest for truth. Throughout, he addresses this opposition but proposes a rigorous framework that resolves such tensions, making this collection of papers one of the most important contributions to the theory of knowledge in recent years.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195173678
  • 9780195173673
  • 1,016,047

About Alvin I. Goldman

Alvin I. Goldman is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. The author of Knowledge in a Social World, Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science, Epistemology and Cognition, and several other books, he has pioneered many influential ideas that have shaped the contours of contemporary epistemology.show more

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... a devastating and sustained critique of epistemic internalism ... this comprehensive and, in places, novel critique of internalism could not have come at a better time. On the whole, the discussion in this volume is as subtle and sophisticated as you would expect from a philosopher of Goldman's calibre, with nearly all of the papers in this volume constituting a definitive contribution to the epistemological debate to which they are directed ... there is little point in resisting the urge to have a copy of this book to hand. * The Philosophical Quarterly *show more

Table of contents

PART I. INTERNALISM, THE A PRIORI, AND EPISTEMIC VIRTUE; PART II. INTUITION, INTROSPECTION, AND CONSCIOUSNESS; PART III. SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGYshow more

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