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Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction
Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction | Jennifer Nagel
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What is knowledge? How does it differ from mere belief? Do you need to be able to justify a claim in order to count as knowing it? How can we know that the outer world is real and not a dream? Questions like these are ancient ones, and the branch of philosophy dedicated to answering them - epistemology - has been active for thousands of years. In this thought-provoking Very Short Introduction, Jennifer Nagel considers these classic questions alongside new puzzles arising from recent discoveries about humanity, language, and the mind. Nagel explains the formation of major historical theories of knowledge, and shows how contemporary philosophers have developed new ways of understanding knowledge, using ideas from logic, linguistics, and psychology. Covering topics ranging from relativism and the problem of scepticism to the trustworthiness of internet sources, Nagel examines how progress has been made in understanding knowledge, using everyday examples to explain the key issues and debates ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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KimHM
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If the very sight of the word “epistemology” makes you quiver, give this terrific entry in the VSI series a go. You‘ll come away steady as a rock—or not 😍😍😍📚❤️📚💚📚💙📚❤️📚💚📚💙

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EadieB
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kspenmoll I look forward to your quotes! 12mo
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Argon
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A nice and fairly quick read and a good introduction to the study of epistemology. Nagel gives an overview of the main areas and theories in the field, provides concise examples to make them easier to understand, and avoids getting bogged down in technical terms or difficult language (as philosophers tend to). I‘d recommend it for anyone interested in philosophy in general, or looking for a first intro to epistemology.

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“If Locke is right, then the proper answer to the question ‘Do you know where you were born?‘ is ‘no‘ (assuming that your beliefs on this matter are, like most people‘s, determined by what your family has told you, or what is written on your birth certificate). You could say that it is very probable you were born in a certain place, but not having retained first-hand experience of the location, you won‘t have knowledge of this fact.”