What is this thing called Knowledge?

What is this thing called Knowledge?

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What is knowledge? Where does it come from? What kinds of knowledge are there? Can we know anything at all? What is the practical relevance of learning about epistemology?


This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, non-partisan view of the main themes of epistemology. Both traditional issues and contemporary ideas are discussed in twenty easily digestible chapters, each of which conclude with a useful summary of the main ideas discussed, study questions, annotated further reading and a guide to internet resources.


Each chapter also features text boxes providing bite-sized summaries of key concepts and major philosophers, and clear and interesting examples are used throughout. The book concludes with an annotated guide to general introductions to epistemology, a glossary of key terms, and a summary of the main examples used in epistemology. This an ideal first textbook in the theory of knowledge for undergraduates coming to philosophy for the first time.


The fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout and features four new chapters on applied epistemology, covering the relationship between the theory of knowledge and technology, education, law, and politics. In addition, the text as a whole has been refreshed to keep it up to date with current developments.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 14.22mm | 454g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 1138225800
  • 9781138225800
  • 69,912

Table of contents

Preface





How to Use This Book





Part 1: What is knowledge?





Chapter 1: Some preliminaries





Chapter 2: The value of knowledge





Chapter 3: Defining knowledge





Chapter 4: The structure of knowledge





Chapter 5: Rationality





Chapter 6: Virtues and faculties





Part 2: Where does knowledge come from?





Chapter 7: Perception





Chapter 8: Testimony and memory





Chapter 9: A priority and inference





Chapter 10: The problem of induction





Part 3: What kinds of knowledge are there?





Chapter 11: Scientific knowledge





Chapter 12: Religious knowledge





Chapter 13: Moral knowledge





Part 4: How Can the Theory of Knowledge Be Applied to Particular Domains?





Chapter 14: Technology





Chapter 15: Education





Chapter 16: Law





Chapter 17: Politics





Part 5: Do we have any knowledge?





Chapter 18: Scepticism about other minds





Chapter 19: Radical scepticism





Chapter 20: Truth and objectivity





General Further Reading





Glossary





Index
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"Duncan Pritchard's What is this thing called Knowledge is the best text book as a first introduction to epistemology.The summaries, up-to-date reading suggestions and largely independent chapters make it very easy and flexible to use for instructors and students alike. The new chapters on applied epistemology are a great idea: they show the relevance of epistemology to some of the most important problems in modern-day life and society." Markus Lammenranta, University of Helsinki, Finland. "Pritchard's fourth edition of What is this thing called Knowledge? improves on an already outstanding introductory text. With new chapters covering the relationship between theory of knowledge and technology, law, politics and education this is a highly accessible, but never condescending book. Thoroughly engaging, consistently thought-provoking, exceptionally lucid, with attention to both classic debates and contemporary developments, What is this thing called Knowledge? offers students a superlative introduction to epistemology." Jill Rusin, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. "Pritchard's updated edition is a superior resource for students and scholars alike. It expertly traverses the terrain surrounding familiar debates over the sources and structure of knowledge, and then guides the reader through newer epistemic territories and applied domains." Robert Barnard, University of Mississippi, USA
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"Duncan Pritchard's What is this thing called Knowledge is the best text book as a first introduction to epistemology. The summaries, up-to-date reading suggestions and largely independent chapters make it very easy and flexible to use for instructors and students alike. The new chapters on applied epistemology are a great idea: they show the relevance of epistemology to some of the most important problems in modern-day life and society."


Markus Lammenranta, University of Helsinki, Finland.











"Pritchard's fourth edition of What is this thing called Knowledge? improves on an already outstanding introductory text. With new chapters covering the relationship between theory of knowledge and technology, law, politics and education this is a highly accessible, but never condescending book. Thoroughly engaging, consistently thought-provoking, exceptionally lucid, with attention to both classic debates and contemporary developments, What is this thing called Knowledge? offers students a superlative introduction to epistemology."


Jill Rusin, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.





"Pritchard's updated edition is a superior resource for students and scholars alike. It expertly traverses the terrain surrounding familiar debates over the sources and structure of knowledge, and then guides the reader through newer epistemic territories and applied domains."


Robert Barnard, University of Mississippi, USA
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About Duncan Pritchard

Duncan Pritchard FRSE is Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy at the University of California Irvine, USA, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His main research area is epistemology, and he has published widely in this field. His monographs include Epistemic Luck (2005), The Nature and Value of Knowledge (with A. Millar and A. Haddock, 2010), Epistemological Disjunctivism (2012), and Epistemic Angst (2015). In 2007 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research. In 2011 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2013 he delivered the annual Soochow Lectures in Philosophy, in Taipei, Taiwan.
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