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Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

by Jonathan Dancy

Preface
Introduction
Part IKNOWLEDGE
Ch. 1SCEPTICISM
1.1Some Distinctions
1.2Three Sceptical Arguments
1.3A Short Way with the Sceptic
1.4Another Reply
1.5A Better Response
Ch. 2KNOWLEDGE
2.1The Traditional Account
2.2Gettier Counter-Examples
2.3Responses to Gettier
2.4Concluding Remarks
Ch. 3THE CONDITIONAL THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
3.1The Theory
3.2Some Comments
3.3The Principle of Closure and the First Sceptical Argument
3.4Has Nozick Refuted the Sceptic?
3.5Internalism and Externalism
Part IIJUSTIFICATION
Ch. 4FOUNDATIONALISM
4.1Classical Foundationalism
4.2Problems for the Classical Foundationalist
4.3Foundationalism without Infallibility
Ch. 5FOUNDATIONALISM AND OTHER MINDS
5.1Basic Beliefs and One's Own Sensory States
5.2The Problem of Other Minds
5.3The Argument from Analogy
5.4Can You Understand Propositions about Minds Other than your Own?
5.5The Private Language Argument: Rule-following
5.6Another Interpretation
5.7Common Conclusions
5.8Prospects for Foundationalism
Ch. 6EMPIRICIST THEORIES OF MEANING
6.1The Relevance of Theories of Meaning to Epistemology
6.2Logical Empiricism and the Evidence of One's Senses
6.3Three Verificationist Theories
Ch. 7HOLISM AND INDETERMINACY
7.1The Indeterminacy of Translation
7.2Quine as a Foundationalist
7.3Atomism and Holism
7.4The Merits of a More Complete Holism
7.5Verificationism, Anti-realism and Foundationalism
Ch. 8COHERENCE THEORIES
8.1What is Coherence?
8.2The Coherence Theory of Truth
8.3The Coherence Theory of Justification
8.4The Role of Empirical Data
8.5Coherentism and Empiricism
Ch. 9COHERENCE, JUSTIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE
9.1The Regress Argument
9.2Internalism and Externalism
9.3Degrees of Internalism
9.4Internalism and Coherentism
9.5Coherentism, Realism and Scepticism
Part IIIFORMS OF KNOWLEDGE
Ch. 10THEORIES OF PERCEPTION
10.1Is There Room for a Philosophy of Perception?
10.2Theories of Perception
10.3Direct Realism
10.4Indirect Realism
10.5Naive and Scientific Forms of Indirect Realism
10.6Phenomenalism and Idealism
Ch. 11PERCEPTION: THE CHOICE OF A THEORY
11.1Phenomenalism and the Explanation of Experience
11.2Indirect Realism: Double Awareness and a Double Object
11.3Direct Realism and the Explanation of Perceptual Error
11.4A Causal Element
11.5Perception, Causation and Justification
11.6Direct Realism and Coherentism
Ch. 12MEMORY
12.1Theories of Memory
12.2Indirect Realism
12.3Direct Realism
12.4Phenomenalism
12.5Russell's Hypothesis
12.6Perceptual Memory and Justification
Ch. 13INDUCTION
13.1Induction, Perception and Memory
13.2Two Conceptions of the Future
13.3Hume and his Critics
13.4Goodman's New Riddle of Induction
13.5Coherentism and Induction
Ch. 14A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE
14.1Foundationalism and A Priori Knowledge
14.2Empiricism, the A Priori and the Analytic
14.3Can Synthetic Truths be Known A Priori?
14.4A Priori Knowledge and Universal Truth
14.5A Priori Knowledge and Necessary Truth
14.6Quine and the Distinction between A Priori and Empirical
14.7A Coherentist Approach
Ch. 15IS EPISTEMOLOGY POSSIBLE?
15.1Hegel
15.2Chisholm and the Problem of the Criterion
15.3Quine and the Non-existence of First Philosophy
15.4Epistemology Naturalized
15.5Conclusion
References
Index

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