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What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues

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What can we know and what should we believe about today's world? What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues applies the concerns and techniques of epistemology to a wide variety of contemporary issues. Questions about what we can know-and what we should believe-are first addressed through an explicit consideration of the practicalities of working the ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 1st 2012)
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John Martindale
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, philosophy
So one of the first issues he dealt with was man caused global warming, and his point is as a novice, one should believe in man-made global warming because the majority of experts believe in it, even if most of these experts were all influenced by the work of one scientist, the mere number of experts should increase ones certainty.

Now, I must say the majority of experts have the problem of sometimes beinging wrong throughout history, take for example man caused global cooling in the 1970s. Take
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Zoe Jackson
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
An ambitious, flawed, important work which over-utilises rhetoric and underuses empirical evidence. (For example, many sweeping claims about the state of the world or some facet of it are not supported by evidence, or by a citation leading to same.) For me, this renders the book's arguments, which are somewhat counterintuitive to begin with, significantly less compelling. Nonetheless, Coady is undoubtedly a good philosopher with the ability to think closely about issues and the passion to advoca ...more
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