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Knowledge

The Philosophical Quest in History

October 26, 2014 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844658183
$102.50
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Description

The theory of knowledge, or epistemology, is often regarded as a dry topic that bears little relation to actual knowledge practices. This book aims to correct this by showing the roots, developments and prospects of modern epistemology from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day.

Contemporary epistemology is shown to draw on the insights of a wide range of disciplines. Philosophy has always been concerned with how we balance aspiration, belief, experience and knowledge. Science has come to represent a very highly privileged knowledge, whilst recent insights from psychology and sociology have questioned how knowledge is acquired and structured. Meanwhile, theology has shaped the quest for knowledge in ways which have only relatively recently become separate from more secular knowledge systems.

The book offers readers a very broad, cross-disciplinary, and historically-informed assessment of the ways in which man has, and continues to, pursue, question, contest, expand and shape knowledge.

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About this Author

Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of twenty books, including Social Epistemology (Indiana University Press, 2002), Kuhn vs Popper (Chicago University Press, 2004), The Sociology of Intellectual Life (Sage, 2009), The Knowledge Book (Acumen, 2007) and Science (Acumen, 2010).

ISBN: 9781844658183
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 312
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Published: 2014-10-26

Reviews

Historically comprehensive and intellectually sophisticated, this tour-de-force by the social epistemologist par-excellence, Steve Fuller, delivers even more than it promises. Engaging and provocative, a must read! - Raphael Sassower, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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