Epistemology 1st Edition
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"A distinguished contributor to the field guides newcomers with characteristically clear and distinct thought and discourse. An excellent introduction."
Ernest Sosa, Brown University
"Fumerton’s new book is a concise and tightly argued introduction to both the most central issues of epistemology and the leading recent views and arguments pertaining to those issues."
Laurence BonJour, University of Washington
"In lively and accessible prose, Fumerton presents rival positions fairly and sympathetically while not hiding his own influential views."
Richard Feldman, University of Rochester
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (January 9, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405125675
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405125673
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.08 x 0.4 x 9.08 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Other than that and a few bent pages, book arrived readable
A second strength of this book is the rigor of criticism levelled against external theories of justification. Externalism is widely accepted in contemporary philosophy, and this book offers a healthy corrective to that trend. The criticsms raised in this book to externalism highlight some of the devastating problems that should lead philosophers to reconsider working out an internalist theory of justification. It is fair to say that Fumerton also deals with the most important criticisms of internalism, and that he isn't giving any position a "free ride."
A final positive point I wish to mention about this book is that it offers a summary of some of Fumerton's own advanced research, especially in the final chapter of this book. Reading through the final chapter of this book before reading Fumerton's book, _Metaepistemology and Skepticism_, might make things easier on the reader. Fumerton's work on the topics of metaepistemology and skepticism is very good, and it is nice to see an overview of his work in the final chapter. Even as a graduate student, I find myself consulting this introductory work because it presents some of the most difficult concepts of epistemology in a way that is easy to understand.
No review would be complete without some critical remarks, and I have two. First, this book does not offer much on the history of epistemology (nor does it advertise to do so). If you want to have a grasp on historical studies on epistemology, you'll need to check out another book. A second criticism is that this book says very little about the contributions to epistemology by contemporary continental philosophy. Since many philosophers don't take continental philosophy that seriously, this may not count as a criticism in the judgment of all professional philosophers.