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Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

Jennifer Nagel

September 2014

ISBN: 9780199661268

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

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Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

  • Includes both historical and contemporary developments in the theory of knowledge
  • Expresses complex ideas in a clear and accessible way, using simple examples
  • Examines the relationship between knowledge and truth
  • Explores the central issues and debates in epistemology
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Nagel, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto

Jennifer Nagel is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Chair at the University of Toronto. Her research covers both historical and contemporary topics in epistemology. She has published on scepticism and empirical knowledge in Descartes and Locke and has also written a series of articles on intuitive ascriptions of knowledge.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:Scepticism
    3:Rationalism and empiricism
    4:The analysis of knowledge
    5:Internalism and externalism
    6:Testimony
    7:Shifting standards?
    8:Knowing about knowing
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"I am in love with this series - it's like having an extended course of study in one's rucksack or handbag that's designed to educate the modern polymath." - GrrlScientist, Guardian Books

"[A]dmirably clear and engaging" - Steven Poole, The Guardian