The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Epistemology

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Epistemology

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This chapter argues that the theory of knowledge has had a long and distinguished career. In Britain, it has been the central philosophical discipline since Locke, apart from a short interruption in the late nineteenth century and from its demotion to a subordinate role since about 1960. It does not deserve this subordination; there are signs that it is still alive and well and that it has recently developed in a socially valuable way.

Keywords: Locke; epistemology; theory of knowledge

Chapter.  5141 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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