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  • Page extent: 200 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.415 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 121
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: BD161 .H35 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Knowledge, Theory of

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521857895 | ISBN-10: 0521857899)

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Mainstream and Formal Epistemology provides the first, easily accessible, yet erudite and original analysis of the meeting point between mainstream and formal theories of knowledge. These two strands of thinking have traditionally proceeded in isolation from one another, but in this book, Vincent F. Hendricks brings them together for a systematic comparative treatment. He demonstrates how mainstream and formal epistemology may significantly benefit from one another, paving the way for a new unifying program of “plethoric” epistemology. His book will both define and further the debate between philosophers from two very different sides of the epistemological spectrum.


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Priming the pump; 3. Mainstream epistemology; 4. Counterfactual epistemology; 5. Contextual epistemology; 6. Logical epistemology; 7. Computational epistemology; 8. Modal operator epistemology; 9. 'Plethoric' epistemology; Bibliography.

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006


"Hendricks has succeeded in writing a very useful book mending bridges across areas of inquiry that used to be deeply interrelated in the not so distant past, but that in recent years have come apart. The book is written in a very accessible and terse style, avoiding both notational and dialectical excesses. Philosophically it goes to the heart of issues related to the conceptual significance of a recent plethora of formal work in epistemic logic and learning theory. Formally it offers a very useful landscape of recent work including novel contributions in computational learning theory by the author and collaborators. The book testifies to the interest and strength of recent work in the intersection of epistemology and philosophical logic. I am sure that Hendricks' book will remain as an important point of reference for interdisciplinary discussion in this and related areas of inquiry for years to come."
Horacio Arlo-Costa, Carnegie Mellon University, Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews

“Brings a fresh perspective to every topic it touches…This book is mandatory reading for epistemologists of all stripes…Its importance cannot be overemphasized. Essential.” -- Choice

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