An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

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An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge 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.

O'Brien uses engaging examples throughout the book, taking many from literature and the cinema. He explains complex issues, such as those concerning the private language argument, non-conceptual content, and the new riddle of induction, in a clear and accessible way. This textbook is an invaluable guide to contemporary epistemology.

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An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge guides the reader through the key issues and debates within contemporary epistemology. The book is divided into five parts. Part I covers the concept of Knowledge along with the Gettier problem and Williamson's new 'Knowledge First' epistemology. Part II surveys the sources of Knowledge the a priori, perception and Testimony and in Parts III and IV there is in-depth discussion of justification and scepticism. The final part of the book turns to our alleged knowledge of the past, other minds, morality and God.Throughout, engaging illustrative examples are used, many taken from literature, cinema and TV. 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, ideal for all those new to the subject.

About the Author:

Dan O'Brien, lectures on Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.

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