The theory of knowledge, or epistemology, is often regarded as a dry topic that bears little relation to actual knowledge practices. Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History addresses this perception by showing the roots, developments and prospects of modern epistemology from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day.
Beginning with an introduction to the central questions and problems in theory of knowledge, Steve Fuller goes on to demonstrate that contemporary epistemology is enriched by its interdisciplinarity, analysing keys areas including:
Epistemology as Cognitive Economics
Epistemology as Divine Psychology
Epistemology as Philosophy of Science
Epistemology as Sociology of Science
Epistemology and Postmodernism.
A wide-ranging and historically-informed assessment of the ways in which man has - and continues to - pursue, question, contest, expand and shape knowledge, this book is essential reading anyone in the Humanities and Social Sciences interested in the history and practical application of epistemology.
Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of twenty books, including 'Social Epistemology' (Indiana University Press, 2002), 'Kuhn vs Popper' (Chicago University Press, 2004), 'The Sociology of Intellectual Life' (Sage, 2009), 'The Knowledge Book' (Acumen, 2007) and 'Science' (Acumen, 2010).
Introduction: Is There A Problem Of Or With Knowledge? 1. Epistemology as Cognitive Economics 2. Epistemology as Divine Psychology 3. Epistemology as Psychology of Science 4. Epistemology as Philosophy of Science 5. Epistemology as Sociology of Science 6. Epistemology as Counterfactual Historiography Conclusion: Redeeming Epistemology from the Postmodern Condition. Index