Epistemology or the theory of knowledge is one of the cornerstones of analytic philosophy, and this book provides a clear and accessible introduction to the subject. It discusses some of the main theories of justification, including foundationalism, coherentism, reliabilism, and virtue epistemology. Other topics include the Gettier problem, internalism and externalism, skepticism, the problem of epistemic circularity, the problem of the criterion, a priori knowledge, and naturalized epistemology. Intended primarily for students taking a first class in epistemology, this lucid and well-written text would also provide an excellent introduction for anyone interested in knowing more about this important area of philosophy.
Noah Lemos is Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. He is author of Intrinsic Value (1994) and Common Sense (2004).
1. Knowledge, truth and justification; 2. The traditional analysis and the Gettier Problem; 3. Foundationalism; 4. The coherence theory of justification; 5. Reliabilism and virtue epistemology; 6. Internalism, externalism and epistemic circularity; 7. Skepticism; 8. The problem of the criterion; 9. The a priori; 10. Naturalized epistemology.