Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology: Essays

New York: Oxford University Press (2012)
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This is a collection of chapters by the leading proponent of process reliabilism, explaining its relation to rival and/or neighboring theories including evidentialism, other forms of reliabilism, and virtue epistemology. It addresses other prominent themes in contemporary epistemology, such as the internalism/externalism debate, the epistemological upshots of experimental challenges to intuitional methodology, the source of epistemic value, and social epistemology. The Introduction addresses late-breaking responses to ongoing exchanges with friends, rivals, and critics of reliabilism.



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This introductory chapter discusses reliabilism, which is a major approach to the central topics in epistemology. It shows that reliabilism offers a wide range of related analyses of evidence, knowledge, and justification. The discussion is concerned with the contemporary setting and twent... see more


This chapter introduces reliabilism and identifies important objections and counterexamples to reliabilism. It presents a survey of existing responses, including the response to the demon-world problem and the reliable clairvoyant problem. It studies the many forms of contemporary epistemo... see more

A Guide to Social Epistemology*

This chapter summarizes social epistemology and its taxonomies. It presents a wider range of measures of epistemic appraisal, as well as a framework that classifies the varieties of social epistemology in terms of different “actors” that are also the players of focal interest. The chapter ... see more

Why Social Epistemology Is Real Epistemology

This chapter discusses a wider range of conceptions of social epistemology that range from those that expose traditional epistemology to those that are close to the classical epistemological “canon”. It introduces the concepts of revisionism, preservationism, and the expansionist conceptio... see more

Philosophical Naturalism and Intuitional Methodology

This chapter studies philosophical methodology, which is considered as one of the most popular topics in philosophy. It considers the proper role for the sciences in philosophical inquiry and tries to understand the debate over intuitions. The chapter also supports the importance of a part... see more

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