A Companion to Epistemology (2nd Edition) by Ernest Sosa, Matthias Steup, Jonathan Dancy

By Ernest Sosa, Matthias Steup, Jonathan Dancy

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- contains 20 new self-profiles by way of major epistemologists
- comprises 10 new evaluation essays on relevant problems with epistemology

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- constituted of over 280 A-Z entries from best specialists which have been largely revised to carry the quantity up to date, with many new and re-written entries reflecting advancements within the field
- incorporates a new part on assessment essays on easy difficulties to introduce readers to the most concerns within the field
- comprises new self-profile part with 20 entries by way of popular epistemologists
- Encyclopedic part greatly revised with new entries

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- the main entire and up to date unmarried quantity reference advisor to epistemology
- includes over 260 A-Z entries from top specialists which were generally revised to deliver the quantity up to date, with many new and re-written entries reflecting advancements within the field
- encompasses a new element of assessment essays on simple difficulties to introduce readers to the most concerns within the field
- incorporates a new self-profile part with 20 entries by way of popular epistemologists

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Some of the true propositions that a person believes are such that the person would believe them if they were false. Suppose that wishful thinking leads you to believe that it will be sunny tomorrow. This belief is in fact true. But, if it were false, you would believe it anyway. DeRose says that beliefs like this are insensitive. In ordinary situations, if a true belief is sensitive, then it is a case of knowledge. Your belief that you have hands is sensitive – if you did not have hands, then you would not believe that you have hands.

If you say “I am hungry now”, then “I” refers to you and “now” refers to the time at which you speak. If I then say, “Well, I am not hungry now”, then my use of “I” refers to me, not to you. And, if after eating, you say, “Now I am not hungry”, then “now” refers to the later time. None of these three utterances contradicts another. They could all be true. The referents of “I” and “now” shift around. The variation displayed by the words in the examples just described is something that we routinely and unproblematically cope with in ordinary conversation.

Cont ext ual i sm According to semantic contextualism, sometimes the word “knows” is used in such a way that it takes a great deal for it truly to apply. Other times it is used in a way that is more readily satisfied. In this respect, contextualism is similar to the view that there are two senses of the word “knows”. One is the strong sense and the other is the weak sense (see Malcolm, 1952). In its strong sense, “knows” requires something like absolute certainty, which is something we rarely achieve.

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