Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology

Richard Foley

in The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195301700
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology

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The core subject matters of epistemology are the concept of knowledge and a cluster of normative concepts applying to beliefs, a cluster that includes rational, reasonable, justified, and warranted belief. This article reflects on these central topics and aims to distinguish such concepts in a general theory. Epistemologists have searched for that which constitutes knowledge when added to true belief. This article suggests that rationality and justification are not linked to knowledge by necessity. It proceeds to offer a general schema for rationality. This schema enables a distinction between “rationality” and “rationality all things considered.” This article proposes how these concepts can work together in a system that “provides the necessary materials for an approach to epistemology that is clarifying, theoretically respectable, and relevant to one's actual life.”

Keywords: epistemology; knowledge; warranted belief; rationality; justification

Article.  13028 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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