Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses (Elements of Philosophy)

Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses (Elements of Philosophy)

Laurence BonJour

Publishing date: Sep 21, 2009

Description:

In this definitive text, Laurence BonJour introduces the serious philosophy student to the history and concepts of epistemology, while simultaneously challenging them to take an active part in its ongoing debates. The text reflects BonJour's conviction that the place to start any discussion of the theories of knowledge is with the classical problems, beginning with and centered around Descartes. Only after the groundwork for understanding epistemology is laid does BonJour move on to the more contemporary revolutions against the classical approach. Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses is a versatile text that can be used in introductory-level epistemology courses or, supplemented by appropriate readings, an upper-level epistemology class offered in many philosophy departments. It is not, however, a simple reader of the different theories of knowledge. Epistemology prods students to think independently about the various epistemological approaches presented in the text, and form their own conclusions, thus becoming active participants in the ongoing debate.