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Scientific Epistemology

An Introduction

Hilary Kornblith

02 February 2022

ISBN: 9780197609569

184 pages

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Price: £16.99



The theory of knowledge has traditionally been pursued in ways which fail to draw on the resources of the sciences. This book takes a different approach. It offers a theory of knowledge which is informed by scientific work, and it shows how this approach can illuminate a variety of traditional philosophical questions about the nature and possibility of knowledge. Designed for the non-specialist, this book offers an introduction to the theory of knowledge which draws the reader in to philosophical issues about perception, inference, bias, and argumentation by way of a wide range of interesting examples highlighting the strengths and shortcomings of the many ways in which we acquire our beliefs.

  • Approaches epistemological issues by way of research in the cognitive sciences
  • Discusses important new work in social psychology dealing with cooperative problem solving
  • Presents a novel theory of epistemology by a preeminent scholar in the field

About the Author(s)

Hilary Kornblith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Hilary Kornblith is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has written widely on topics in epistemology and related areas of philosophy of mind and metaphysics. He is the author of Inductive Inference and its Natural Ground (1993), Knowledge and its Place in Nature (2002), On Reflection (2012), A Naturalistic Epistemology: Selected Papers (2014), and Second Thoughts and the Epistemological Enterprise (2019).

Table of Contents

    1. The Threat of Skepticism
    2. The Phenomenon of Knowledge
    3. Knowledge from the Outside: The Third-Person Perspective
    4. Knowledge from the Inside: The First-Person Perspective
    5. From the Individual to the Social
    6. Conclusion: Born to Know

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