Saturday, December 22, 2012


The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a wonderful entry on epistemology. It's located here: Given that the reader I've been working with to get my material to right is getting pretty drab, and it has a bunch of articles I don't enjoy reading, I'm going to use the table of contents for the epistemology entry at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as my guiding light to talk about the issue. Each subsequent entry will be using one of these sub-points and will be where I address that sub-point. I'll see how it goes. At any rate, below is the way in which Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes its epistemology entry, and you can think of the next blogs in this entry as sort of being an engagement with that material.
1. What is Knowledge?
1.1 Knowledge as Justified True Belief
1.2 The Gettier Problem

2. What is Justification?
2.1 Deontological and Non-Deontological justification
2.2 Evidence vs. Reliability 2.3 Internal vs. External
2.4 Why Internalism?
2.5 Why Externalism?

3. The Structure of Knowledge and Justification
3.1 Foundationalism
3.2 Coherentism
3.3 Why Foundationalism?
3.4 Why Coherentism?

4. Sources of Knowledge and Justification
4.1 Perception
4.2 Introspection
4.3 Memory
4.4 Reason
4.5 Testimony

5. The Limits of Knowledge and Justification
5.1 The Case for Skepticism
5.2 Skepticism and Closure
5.3 Relevant Alternatives and Denying Closure
5.4 The Moorean Response
5.5 The Contextualist Response
5.6 The Ambiguity Response
5.7 Knowing One Isn't a BIV

6. Additional Issues
6.1 Virtue Epistemology
6.2 Naturalistic Epistemology
6.3 Religious Epistemology
6.4 Moral Epistemology
6.5 Social Epistemology
6.6 Feminist Epistemology

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