Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge
On Two Dogmas of Epistemology
By (author) Stephen Hetherington
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Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge by Stephen Hetherington
Book DescriptionWhat is knowledge? How hard is it for a person to have knowledge? Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge confronts contemporary philosophical attempts to answer those classic questions, by identifying and arguing against two fundamental epistemological presumptions. Can there be both better and worse knowledge of some fact? Can you improve your knowledge of a particular fact? Can there be especially bad knowledge of a specific fact? Epistemologists routinely answer these questions with a resounding 'No'. But Stephen Hetherington argues that those standard answers are mistaken. The result is a theory of knowledge that is unique in conceiving of knowledge in a non-absolutist way. The theory offers new solutions to many traditional epistemological puzzles, including various kinds of scepticism, the Gettier challenge, and the problem of the criterion. It also offers a fresh way of using G. E. Moore's anti-sceptical gambit, along with reinterpretations of the epistemic roles of fallibility, luck, relevance, and dogmatism. And what can we know about knowledge? The role of intuition in shaping epistemological thought about knowledge is critically examined. Anyone working on epistemology will enjoy this original and challenging work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199247349
(224mm x 145mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Hetherington
Knowledge and the Gettier Problem, Hardback (September 2016)
This book enriches our understanding of knowledge and Gettier's challenge, stimulating debate on a central epistemological issue.
Metaphysics and Epistemology, Paperback (August 2013)
Metaphysics and Epistemology: A Guided Anthology presents a comprehensive introductory overview of key themes, thinkers, and seminal texts in metaphysics and epistemology. The author offers a wide-ranging collection of painstakingly excerpted readings on metaphysics and epistemology.
Epistemology, Hardback (April 2012)
From Plato, through Descartes to W V Quine and Edmund Gettier, this guide explores the history of thinking about 'knowledge'. Explaining what great philosophers have written about the nature of knowledge and about how we know what we know, it offers an introduction to the field of epistemology.
How to Know, Hardback (April 2011)» View all books by Stephen Hetherington
* Presents a philosophically original conception of knowledge, at odds with some central tenets of analytic epistemology * Offers a dissolution of epistemology s infamous Gettier problem explaining why the supposed problem was never really a problem in the first place.
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Author Biography - Stephen Hetherington
Stephen Hetherington is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
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