What Is This Thing Called Knowledge?

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Edition 04
Author Pritchard, Duncan
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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.

Table of Contents


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