The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

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David Coady, James Chase
Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2019 - medical ethics - 344 pages
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While applied epistemology has been neglected for much of the twentieth century, it has seen emerging interest in recent years, with key thinkers in the field helping to put it on the philosophical map. Although it is an old tradition, current technological and social developments have dramatically changed both the questions it faces and the methodology required to answer those questions. Recent developments also make it a particularly important and exciting area for research and teaching in the twenty-first century. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising entries by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six main parts:

  • The Internet
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Epistemic institutions
  • Individual investigators
  • Theory and practice in philosophy.


Within these sections, the core topics and debates are presented, analyzed, and set into broader historical and disciplinary contexts. The central topics covered include: the prehistory of applied epistemology, expertise and scientific authority, epistemic aspects of political and social philosophy, epistemology and the law, and epistemology and medicine.

Essential reading for students and researchers in epistemology, political philosophy, and applied ethics the Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as law, sociology, and politics.

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About the author (2019)

David Coady is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is the author of What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), the co-author of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013), the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006) and the co-editor of A Companion to Applied Philosophy (2016).

James Chase is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He works on epistemology; philosophical logic, particularly as applied to epistemological issues; and the methodology of analytic philosophy. He is the co-author of Analytic vs Continental (2011) and the co-editor of Postanalytic and Metacontinental (2010).

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