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Human Knowledge

Classical and Contemporary Approaches

Third Edition

Edited by Paul K. Moser and Arnold vander Nat

Publication Date - August 2002

ISBN: 9780195149661

592 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches


Offering a unique and wide-ranging examination of the theory of knowledge, the new edition of this comprehensive collection deftly blends readings from the foremost classical sources with the work of important contemporary philosophical thinkers. Human Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Approaches, 3/e, offers philosophical examinations of epistemology from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Sextus Empiricus); medieval philosophy (Augustine, Aquinas); early modern philosophy (Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Kant); classical pragmatism and Anglo-American empiricism (James, Russell, Ayer, Lewis, Carnap, Quine, Rorty); and other influential Anglo-American philosophers (Chisholm, Kripke, Moore, Wittgenstein, Strawson, Putnam).
Organized chronologically and thematically, Human Knowledge, 3/e, features exceptionally broad coverage and nontechnical selections that are easily accessible to students. An ideal text for both undergraduate and graduate courses in epistemology, it is enhanced by the editors' substantial general introduction, section overviews, and up-to-date bibliographies. The third edition offers expanded selections on contemporary epistemology and adds selections by Thomas Reid, Richard Rorty, David B. Annis, Richard Feldman and Earl Conee, Ernest Sosa, Barry Stroud, and Louise M. Antony. Human Knowledge, 3/e, offers an unparalleled introduction to our ancient struggle to understand our own intellectual experience.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 1995
May 1987

Table of Contents

    *=New to the third edition
    General Introduction: Human Knowledge--Its Nature, Sources, and Limits, Paul K. Moser and Arnold vander Nat
    Greek and Medieval Sources
    1. Plato (c. 427-c.347 B.C.)
    Meno; Phaedo; Republic; Theaetetus
    2. Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
    Posterior Analytics; De Anima
    3. Sextus Empiricus (A.D. 175?-225?)
    Outlines of Pyrrhonism
    4. Augustine (A.D. 354-430)
    Contra Academicos; De Civitas Dei
    5. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
    Summa Theologiae
    Early Modern Sources
    6. René Descartes (1596-1650)
    Meditations on First Philosophy
    7. John Locke (1632-1704)
    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    8. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716)
    Introduction to New Essays on the Human Understanding
    9. George Berkeley (1685-1753)
    A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
    10. David Hume (1711-1776)
    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    11. * Thomas Reid (1710-1796)
    Inquiry into the Human Mind
    12. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
    Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
    Pragmatism and Empiricism
    13. William James (1842-1910)
    The Will to Believe
    14. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
    Appearance, Reality, and Knowledge By Acquaintance
    15. A.J. Ayer (1910-1989)
    Verification and Philosophy
    16. Clarence Irving Lewis (1883-1965)
    The Pragmatic Element in Knowledge
    17. Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970)
    Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology
    18. W.V. Quine (1908-2000)
    Two Dogmas of Empiricism
    19. * Richard Rorty
    Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism
    The Analysis of Knowledge
    20. Edmund Gettier
    Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
    21. Richard Feldman
    An Alleged Defect in Gettier Counter-Examples
    22. John Pollock
    The Gettier Problem
    A Priori Knowledge
    23. Clarence Irving Lewis (1883-1965)
    A Pragmatic Conception of the A Priori
    24. Roderick M. Chisholm (1916-1999)
    The Truths of Reason
    25. Saul A. Kripke
    A Priori Knowledge, Necessity, and Contingency
    Justified Belief
    26. William P. Alston
    Concepts of Epistemic Justification
    27. Ernest Sosa
    The Raft and the Pyramid: Coherence versus Foundations in the Theory of Knowledge
    28. * David B. Annis
    A Contextualist Theory of Epistemic Justification
    29. * Richard Feldman and Earl Conee
    30. Stephen Stich
    Reflective Equilibrium, Analytic Epistemology, and the Problem of Cognitive Diversity
    31. G. E. Moore (1873-1958)
    Proof of an External World
    32. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
    Cause and Effect: Intuitive Awareness
    33. P.F. Strawson
    Skepticism, Naturalism, and Transcendental Arguments
    34. * Ernest Sosa
    Philosophical Scepticism and Epistemic Circularity
    35. * Barry Stroud
    Scepticism, 'Externalism', and the Goal of Epistemology
    Epistemology and Psychology
    36. W.V. Quine (1908-2000)
    Epistemology Naturalized
    37. Hilary Putnam
    Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized
    38. Alvin I. Goldman
    Epistemic Folkways and Scientific Epistemology
    39. * Louis M. Antony
    Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology
    Name Index
    Subject Index