What's the Point of Knowledge? A Function-First Epistemology

New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press (2019)
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Abstract

This book is about the nature and value of knowledge. At its core is a simple idea: we can answer many interesting and difficult philosophical questions by reflecting on the role (purpose, function) of epistemic evaluation in human life. I call this approach ‘function-first epistemology’. I use this method to illuminate the nature and value of knowledge, the foundations of epistemic normativity, the epistemology of testimony, and skepticism.

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Michael Hannon
Nottingham University

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