Epistemic Justification: Essays in the Theory of Knowledge

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Cornell University Press, 1989 - Philosophy - 354 pages
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Epistemic Justification collects twelve distinguished and influential essays in epistemology by William P. Alston taken from a body of work spanning almost two decades. They represent the gradual development of Alston's thought in epistemology.He concentrates on topics that are central to contemporary epistemology and provides a much-needed and useful map to these issues be explicitly distinguishing and interrelating concepts of justification used in epistemology. More important, he develops and defends his own distinctive epistemic view throughout the volume. Notably, he argues for an account of justification that combines both internalist and externalist features. In addition, he discusses various forms of foundationalism and supports a moderate form. Finally, Alston demonstrates that the epistemic circularity that often plagues our attempts to validate our basic sources of belief does not prevent our showing that they are reliable sources of knowledge.
 

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Contents

FOUNDATIONALISM
11
Two Types of Foundationalism
19
Has Foundationalism Been Refuted?
39
Whats Wrong with Immediate Knowledge?
57
Concepts of Epistemic Justification
81
The Deontological Conception of Epistemic Justification
115
Level Confusions in Epistemology
153
Justification and Knowledge
172
Internalism and Externalism in Epistemology
185
An Internalist Externalism
227
Varieties of Privileged Access
249
A Neglected Form of Privileged Access
286
Epistemic Circularity
319
Index
351
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