Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology: Essays

ISBN : 9780199812875

Alvin I. Goldman
336 Pages
161 x 240 mm
Pub date
Mar 2012
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This is a collection of very recent essays 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.


1. What Is Justified Belief?
2. Immediate Justification and Process Reliabilism
3. Reliabilism
4. Internalism, Externalism, and the Architecture of Justification
5. Toward a Synthesis of Reliabilism and Evidentialism
6. Reliabilism and Value of Knowledge (with Erik Olsson)
7. Williamson on Knowledge and Evidence
8. Epistemic Relativism and Reasonable Disagreement
9. A Guide to Social Epistemology
10. Why Social Epistemology is Real Epistemology
11. Philosophical Naturalism and Intuitional Methodology

About the author: 

Alvin Goldman, Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been one of the leading epistemologists of the last 40 years, championing the causal theory of knowing, process reliabilism, epistemic externalism, and social epistemology. He is a leading proponent of the simulation theory of mindreading and a major contributor to the metaphysics of action. He has long practiced interdisciplinary philosophy, with links to cognitive science, law, political theory, and economics.

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