On Epistemology

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Cengage Learning, Jul 8, 2008 - Philosophy - 192 pages
What is knowledge? Why do we want it? Is knowledge possible? How do we get it? What about other epistemic values like understanding and certainty? Why are so many epistemologists worried about luck? In ON EPISTEMOLOGY Linda Zagzebski situates epistemological questions within the broader framework of what we care about and why we care about it. Questions of value shape all of the above questions and explain some significant philosophical trends: the obsession with answering the skeptic, the flight from realism, and the debate between naturalism and anti-naturalism. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES (under the general editorship of Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University) presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.
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Contents

Acknowledgments
Epistemic Value and What We Care About
Skepticism and Some Contemporary Responses
Mind and World Metaphysical and Semantic Responses to Skepticism
Trust and the Intellectual Virtues
What Is Knowledge?
Epistemic Good and the Good Life
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Linda Zagzebski is Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Zagzebski works primarily in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and ethics. Research in recent years is mainly at the intersection of ethics and epistemology, religious epistemology, religious ethics, virtue theory, and the varieties of fatalism. Publications include 7 books, over 60 journal articles and chapters in books, and 15 book reviews. Dr. Zagsebski has given approximately 120 academic presentations.

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