As well as including the classic papers from the history of epistemology, this distinctive, wide-ranging anthology provides essential coverage of key contemporary challenges to that tradition.Alongside debates over internalism and externalism, foundationalism, and coherentism, and whether epistemology can or should be naturalized, are included essays on the subject of knowledge, the political implications of foundationalism, and the 'maleness' of reason. Sections on knowledge, justification, truth, skepticism, the structure of knowledge, and the politics of knowledge are each preceded with brief, accessible introductions that help frame the debates and bridge the diversity of approaches.Students of epistemology will be able to learn about and assess a wider range of epistemological issues than any other existing anthology can currently provide. Organized specifically with courses in mind, Epistemology: The Big Questions is accessible to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.
Linda Martin Alcoff is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. She is the author of Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge (1996) and co-editor of Feminist Epistemologies (1993) which was named a Critic's Choice Book for 1993 by the American Educational Studies Association.