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- DescriptionIntroductions to the theory of kwledge are plentiful, but ne introduce students to the most recent debates that exercise contemporary philosophers. Ian Evans and Nicholas D. Smith aim to change that. Their book guides the reader through the standard theories of kwledge while simultaneously using these as a springboard to introduce current debates. Each chapter concludes with a Current Trends section pointing the reader to the best literature dominating current philosophical discussion. These include: the puzzle of reasonable disagreement; the so-called problem of easy kwledge ; the intellectual virtues; and new theories in the philosophy of language relating to kwledge. Chapters include discussions of skepticism, the truth condition, belief and acceptance, justification, internalism versus externalism, epistemic evaluation, and epistemic contextualism. Evans and Smith do t merely offer a review of existing theories and debates; they also offer a vel theory that takes seriously the claim that kwledge is t unique to humans. Surveying current scientific literature in animal ethology, they discover surprising sophistication and diversity in n-human cognition. In their final analysis the authors provide a unified account of kwledge that manages to respect and explain this diversity. They argue that animals kw when they make appropriate use of the cognitive processes available to animals of that kind, in environments within which those processes are veridically well-adapted. <i>Kwledge</i> is a lively and accessible volume, ideal for undergraduate and post-graduate students. It is also set to spark debate among scholars for its vel approaches to traditional topics and its thoroughgoing commitment to naturalism.
- Author BiographyIan Evans is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arizona. Nicholas D. Smith is James F. Miller Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. His many books include Socratic Moral Psychology and Plato's Socrates.
- Author(s)Ian Evans,Nicholas D. Smith
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication27/04/2012
- Series TitlePolity Key Concepts in Philosophy
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Weight334 g
- Width142 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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