When we affirm (or deny) that someone kws something, we are making a value judgment of sorts - we are claiming that there is something superior (or inferior) about that person's opinion, or their evidence, or perhaps about them. A central task of the theory of kwledge is to investigate the sort of evaluation at issue. This is the first book to make 'epistemic rmativity,' or the rmative dimension of kwledge and kwledge ascriptions, its central focus. John Greco argues that kwledge is a kind of achievement, as opposed to mere lucky success. This locates kwledge within a broader, familiar rmative domain. By reflecting on our thinking and practices in this domain, it is argued, we gain insight into what kwledge is and what kind of value it has for us.
John Greco is the Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University. His previous publications include Putting Skeptics in their Place: The Nature of Skeptical Arguments and their Role in Philosophical Inquiry (Cambridge, 2000). He is also the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism (2008), Sosa and his Critics (2004) as well as co-editor of Rationality and the Good (2007) and The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology (1999).