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The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology$
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Paul K. Moser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130058

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195130057.001.0001

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Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology

Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology

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(p.177) Chapter 5 Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology
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Richard Foley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195130057.003.0006

In “Conceptual Diversity in Epistemology,” Richard Foley reflects on such central topics in epistemology as knowledge, warrant, rationality, and justification, with the purpose of distinguishing such concepts in a general theory. Foley uses “warrant” to refer to that which constitutes knowledge when added to true belief and suggests that rationality and justification are not linked to knowledge by necessity. He proceeds to offer a general schema for rationality. This schema enables a distinction between “rationality” and “rationality all things considered.” Foley proposes how these concepts can work together in a system that “provides the necessary materials for an approach to epistemology that is clarifying, theoretically respectable, and relevant to our actual lives.”

Keywords:   epistemology, Richard Foley, justification, knowledge, rational belief, rationality, warrant

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