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An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

Dan O'Brien



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Polity Press
18 November 2016
Philosophy; Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge
An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, 2nd Edition guides the reader through the key issues and debates in contemporary epistemology. Lucid, comprehensive and accessible, it is an ideal textbook for students who are new to the subject and for university undergraduates.

The book is divided into five parts. Part I discusses the concept of knowledge and distinguishes between different types of knowledge. Part II surveys the sources of knowledge, considering both a priori and a posteriori knowledge. Parts III and IV provide an in-depth discussion of justification and scepticism. The final part of the book examines our alleged knowledge of the past, other minds, morality and God.

In this extensively revised second edition there are expanded sections on epistemic luck, social epistemology and contextualism, and there are new sections on the contemporary debates concerning the lottery paradox, pragmatic encroachment, peer disagreement, safety, sensitivity and virtue epistemology.

Engaging examples are used throughout the book, many taken from literature and the cinema. Complex issues, such as those concerning the private language argument, non-conceptual content, and the new riddle of induction, are explained in a clear and accessible way. This textbook is an invaluable guide to contemporary epistemology.
By:   Dan O'Brien
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   468g
ISBN:   9780745664323
ISBN 10:   0745664326
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   18 November 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dan O Brien is Reader in Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University.

Reviews for An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

This is an excellent introduction to the theory of knowledge, comprehensive in scope but also accessible throughout, and written in an engaging style. Highly recommended. Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh It is the best book of its kind in this area available today. O'Brien has a distinctive approach, using many colourful examples and illustrations, and maintains a lively and readable style throughout, without becoming superficial. It covers a very wide range of epistemological topics, and the additions in this new edition enhance its value. Mark Tebbit, University of Reading It is a perfect introduction for students and people interested in knowledge and the theory of knowledge. Waterstones Amsterdam

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