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After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions

Robert Pasnau


No part of philosophy is as disconnected from its history as is epistemology. After Certainty offers a reconstruction of that history as the story of an epistemic ideal first formulated by Plato and Aristotle, later developed throughout the Middle Ages, and then dramatically reformulated in the seventeenth century. In watching these debates unfold over the centuries, we come to understand why epistemology has traditionally been embedded within a much wider sphere of concerns about human nature and the reality of the world we live in. We also come to see why epistemology has become today a much ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, epistemology, evidence, hope, knowledge, middle ages, precision, science, sensation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Pasnau, author
University of Colorado