What's the point of knowledge? : a function-first epistemology / Michael Hannon
- Hannon, Michael (Michael J.)
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- ix, 275 pages ; 25 cm
- Methodologies in epistemology -- The point of knowledge -- The value of fallible knowledge -- Impure knowledge -- Pluralism about knowledge -- Epistemic diversity -- Epistemic pragmatism -- Skepticism and the point of knowledge -- What's the point of understanding?
- "This book is about knowledge and its value. At the heart of this book is a simple idea: we can answer many interesting and difficult questions in epistemology by reflecting on the role of epistemic evaluation in human life. Hannon calls this function-first epistemology. The core hypothesis is that the concept of knowledge is used to identify reliable informants. This practice is necessary, or at least deeply important, because it plays a vital role in human survival, cooperation, and flourishing. While this idea is quite simple, it has wide-reaching implications. Hannon uses it to cast new light on the nature and value of knowledge, the differences between knowledge and understanding, the relationship between knowledge, assertion, and practical reasoning, and the semantics of knowledge claims. This book also makes headway on some classic philosophical puzzles, including the Gettier problem, epistemic relativism, and philosophical skepticism. Hannon shows that some major issues in epistemology can be resolved by taking a function-first approach, thereby illustrating the significant role that this method can play in contemporary philosophy"--
- 9780190914721 hardcover alkaline paper
0190914726 hardcover alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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