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From Plato, through Descartes to W.V. Quine and Edmund Gettier, this concise introduction and reference guide explores the history of thinking about 'knowledge'. Exploring what great philosophers have written about the nature of knowledge and about how we know what we know, this is a concise and accessible introduction to the field of epistemology. "Epistemology: The Key Thinkers" tells the story of how epistemological thinking has developed over the centuries, through the work of the finest thinkers on the topic. Chapters by leading contemporary scholars guide readers through the ideas of key philosophers, beginning with Plato and Aristotle, through Descartes and the British empiricists, to such twentieth-century thinkers such as Wittgenstein, Quine, Goldman, and beyond. The final chapter looks to the future, highlighting some of the very latest debates that energise philosophical writing today about knowledge. Each chapter ends with a guide to further reading, encouraging students to explore the key writings for themselves, making "Epistemology: The Key Thinkers" a perfect guide for study, revision, and reference. "The Key Thinkers" series is aimed at undergraduate students and offers clear, concise and accessible edited guides to the key thinkers in each of the central topics in philosophy. Each book offers a comprehensive overview of the major thinkers who have contributed to the historical development of a key area of philosophy, providing a survey of their major works and the evolution of the central ideas in that area.
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Table of Contents

1. Epistemology's past here and now, Stephen Hetherington; 2. Plato's epistemology, Nicholas D. Smith; 3. Aristotle's epistemology, Robert Bolton and Alan Code; 4. Ancient scepticism, Gisela Striker; 5. The epistemology of Descartes, Desmond M. Clarke; 6. Locke, Berkeley, Hume: Epistemology, P. J. E. Kail; 7. Kant and Kantian epistemology, Melissa McBay Merritt and Markos Valaris; 8. American pragmatism: Fallibilism and cognitive progress, Christopher Hookway; 9. Wittgenstein on knowledge, Paul Snowdon; 10. Quine, Goldman, and two ways of naturalizing epistemology, Ram Neta; 11. What we've learned from the Gettier problem, Richard Feldman; 12. Epistemology's future here and now, Stephen Hetherington; Index.

About the Author

Stephen Hetherington is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. He has written several books, including Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2001), Self-Knowledge (Broadview, 2007), and How To Know (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He has edited two books, including Epistemology Futures (Oxford University Press, 2006).

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