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    Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology

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    Brian C. Barnett, St. John Fisher College

    Christina Hendricks, University of British Columbia

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    ISBN 13: 9781989014257

    Publisher: Rebus Community

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Luke Roelofs, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 4/12/24

    I don’t know if it would be possible to cover everything, and this textbook does a great job at covering a lot. It has 8 chapters, on: Defining knowledge; Nature of Justification; Rationalism vs Empiricism; External world scepticism; Epistemic... read more

    Reviewed by Martin Roth, Associate Professor, Drake University on 12/31/21

    The text is fairly comprehensive, although some topics that have gotten a lot of attention recently, e.g., contextualism, are not discussed much. The glossary provided at the end is useful, but an index is conspicuously missing. read more

    Table of Contents

    • I. Traditional Epistemology
      • 1. The Analysis of Knowledge
      • 2. Epistemic Justification
      • 3. Sources of Knowledge: Rationalism, Empiricism, and the Kantian Synthesis
      • 4. Skepticism
    • II. Expanded Epistemology
      • 5. Epistemic Value, Duty, and Virtue
      • 6. Epistemology, Probability, and Science
      • 7. Social Epistemology
      • 8. Feminist Epistemologies

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    About the Book

    Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology engages first-time philosophy readers on a guided tour through the core concepts, questions, methods, arguments, and theories of epistemology—the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of knowledge. The book progresses systematically while placing key ideas and thinkers in historical and contemporary context. Central topics include the analysis of knowledge, the nature of epistemic justification, rationalism vs. empiricism, skepticism, the value of knowledge, the ethics of belief, Bayesian epistemology, social epistemology, and feminist epistemologies.

    About the Contributors


    Christina Hendricks (series editor) is Professor of Teaching in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she often teaches Introduction to Philosophy courses. She is also the Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2018–2023). Christina has been an open education researcher and advocate for a number of years, having been a BCcampus Open Textbook Fellow, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, the Creative Commons Canada representative to the CC Global Network, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Legal Information Institute.


    Brian C. Barnett (book editor) is Lecturer in Philosophy at St. John Fisher College and the State University of New York at Geneseo. A first-generation college student and McNair Scholar, he obtained a BS in Mathematics and BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude) with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and an MA and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. His primary teaching and research interests include epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, Eastern philosophy, and philosophy of nonviolence. Currently he serves on faculty senate and is editor of the Peace & Nonviolence category on Outside of academia, he enjoys waterfall hiking, nature photography, and all things music.

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