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Knowledge First: Approaches in Epistemology and Mind

J. Adam Carter, Emma C. Gordon, and Benjamin Jarvis


“Knowledge-First” constitutes what is widely regarded as the most significant innovation in contemporary epistemology in the past twenty-five years. Knowledge-first epistemology is (in short) the idea that knowledge per se is an epistemic kind with theoretical importance that is not derivative from its relationship to other epistemic kinds such as rationality. Knowledge-first epistemology is rightly associated with Timothy Williamson in light of his influential book, Knowledge and Its Limits (KAIL). In KAIL, Williamson suggests that although knowing might be characterized as a very general kin ... More

Keywords: Epistemology, Knowledge-First, Williamson, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemic justification

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716310
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198716310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Adam Carter, editor
University of Glasgow

Emma C. Gordon, editor
University of Edinburgh

Benjamin Jarvis, editor

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1 Knowledge First

J. Adam Carter, Emma C. Gordon, and Benjamin W. Jarvis

Part I Foundational Issues

4 Mindreading Knowledge

Aidan McGlynn

6 On Putting Knowledge ‘First’

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and C. S. I. Jenkins

7 No Need for Excuses

Joshua Schechter

Part II Applications and New Directions

8 Acting on Knowledge

Timothy Williamson

9 Perception First?

Heather Logue

13 Sustaining Rules

John Turri

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