Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is concerned with how we know what we do, what justifies us in believing what we do, and what standards of evidence we should use in seeking truths about the world and human experience. This comprehensive book introduces the concepts and theories central for understanding knowledge. It aims to reach students who have already done an introductory philosophy course. The first edition of Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction was hugely successful and has been widely used by teachers and students in the field. This revised edition builds on the topics covered in the first edition and includes new material on subjects such as virtue epistemology, feminist epistemology and social epistemology. The chapter on moral, scientific and religious knowledge has also been expanded and revised. Robert Audi's style is exceptionally clear and highly accessible for anyone coming to the subject for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part One: Sources of Justification, Knowledge, and Truth Chapter 1.The elements and Basic Kinds of Perception, Chapter 2. Memory Memory and the past Chapter 3. Consciousness Two Basic Kinds of Mental Properties Chapter 4. Reason Self-Evident Truths of reason Justification Chapter 5. Testimony The Nature of Testimony: Formal and Informal, Part Two: The Structure and Growth of Justification and Knowledge Chapter 6. Inference and the Extenstion of knowledge Chapter 7. The Architecture of Knowledge Part 3: The Nature and Scope of Justification and Knowledge Chapter 8. The Analysis of Knowledge Chapter 9. Scientific, Moral, and Religious Knowledge Chapter 10. Skepticism Conclusion Bilbliography Index
Robert Audi is the Professor of Philosophy and David E. Gallo Chair in Ethics, at the University of Notre Dame. He is internationally recognized as one of the leading authors in the field of epistemology. His books include The Structure of Justification (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Action, Intention and Reason (Cornell University Press, 1993) and Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character (Oxford University Press, 1997).