Warrant in Contemporary Epistemology: Essays in Honor of Plantinga's Theory of Knowledge

Warrant in Contemporary Epistemology: Essays in Honor of Plantinga's Theory of Knowledge


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In his widely influential two-volume work, Warrant: The Current Debate and Warrant and Proper Function, Alvin Plantinga argued that warrant is that which explains the difference between knowledge and true belief. Plantinga not only developed his own account of warrant but also mapped the terrain of epistemology. Motivated by Plantinga's work, fourteen prominent philosophers have written new essays investigating Plantingian warrant and its contribution to contemporary epistemology. The resulting collection, representing a broad array of views, not only gives readers a critical perspective on Plantinga's landmark work, but also provides in one volume a clear statement of the variety of approaches to the nature of warrant within contemporary epistemology, and to the connections between epistemology and metaphysics. Positions covered include internalism and externalism, reliabilism, coherentism and foundationalism, virtue theories, and defensibility theories. Alvin Plantinga responds to the essays in his own contribution.

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ISBN-13: 9780847681594
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/1996
Series: Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory Series
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jonathan L. Kvanvig is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A & M University and the author, most recently, of The Problem of Hell (Oxford University Press, 1993) and The Intellectual Virtues and the Life of the Mind (Rowman & Littlefield, 1992).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Coherentism and Internalism Chapter 3 Plantinga and Coherentisms Chapter 4 Proper Function versus Systematic Coherence Chapter 5 Plantinga on Knowledge and Proper Function Chapter 6 Plantinga on Epistemic Internalism Part 7 Part II: Defeasibility, Knowledge, and the Gettier Problem Chapter 8 Knowledge, Is Accurate and Comprehensive Enough True Belief Chapter 9 Warrant, Proper Function, Reliabilism, and Defeasibility Chapter 10 Warrant versus Indefeasible Justification Part 11 Part III: Naturalism Chapter 12 Science, Materialism, and False Consciousness Chapter 13 Plantinga's Naturalism Part 14 Part IV: Warrant, Justification, and Expert Knowledge Chapter 15 Plantinga, Gettier, and Warrant Chapter 16 Degrees of Warrant Chapter 17 Experts, Knowledge, and Perception Part 18 Part V: Virtue Epistemology Chapter 19 Proper Functionalism and Virtue Epistemology Chapter 20 Postscript to "Proper Functionalism and Virtue Epistemology" Chapter 21 Plantinga's Proper Function Account of Warrant Chapter 22 Part VI: Alvin Plantinga Replies Chapter 23 Respondeo Chapter 24 Index

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