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A Companion to Epistemology (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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ISBN-10: 0631192581
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"The Companion provides a first rate survey of competing past and present plans for epistemology's future.... It gives an extraordinary handy overview of a field whose complexity can seem intolerable." (Times Literary Supplement)

"An excellent volume that all libraries should own." (Choice)

"The standard reference source on the subject for the foreseeable future." (Reference Reviews)


"This excellent new edition of A Companion to Epistemology offers a thoroughly comprehensive, authoritative and cutting-edge overview of the field. It will, I'm sure, be indispensable to those working in this area for many years to come."
Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh

“A comprehensive guide to epistemology. The new sections and enlargements make the Companion unique among guides to epistemology. I recommend it highly to students as well as seasoned epistemologists.”
Matthew McGrath, University of Missouri

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishers (March 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631192581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631192589
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roland R. Kratzner on January 16, 2007
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If there were a higher rating than 5 stars this book deserves it. The key to any philosopher's system is his vocabulary. Dancy not only clearly explains the meaning of many philosophers key ideas as they have developed throughout history but compares these ideas to related ones of other philosophers. A great way to learn the key thoughts of the past and present and bring the novice up to date. Cross reference are excellent for futher development as is the bibliography at the end of the articles. This book is a self-help course in philosophy in itself in the area of epistemology. Looking forward to additional volumes on other areas.

Roland Kratzner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve L on August 28, 2008
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Best epistemology reference book I have ever seen. Tons of important concepts explained clearly and succinctly.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on May 10, 2000
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With 250 entries from A to Z written by some of the world's leading philosophers, this encyclopedic Companion from Blackwell is an indispensible aid to students of philosophy in or out of the classroom. If you plan to do any reading in epistemology, an investment in this volume will be handsomely repaid.
It's hard to comment on specifics since the entries themselves are so widely varied, so let me just recommend a companion volume: Robert Audi's _Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction_. (And _The Oxford Companion to Philosophy_, edited by Ted Honderich, is another keeper.)
The Blackwell "Companion" series is very good in general. See also _A Companion to Metaphysics_, which is highly recommended too.
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