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How Do We Know?: An Introduction to Epistemology

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What does it mean to know something? Can we have confidence in our knowledge? Epistemology, the study of knowledge, can often seem like a daunting subject. And yet few topics are more basic to human life. We are inquisitive creatures by nature, and the unending quest for truth leads us to raise difficult questions about the quest itself. What are the conditions, sources an ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published January 31st 2014 by IVP Academic
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J.J. Richardson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book made me fall in love with Epistemology. After all how we find knowledge is foundational to life.
David Haines
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Questions concerning knowledge are frequently considered to be unimportant and unnecessary. That being said, every single human that is able to ask questions has at some point in their life asked an epistemological question (this tendency is especially visible amongst teenagers, though this symptom has been known to surface even in grown adults and even some children have shown signs of this tendency.), such as: How do you know? What do I need to know? Can you teach me? Etc. In How do we know?, ...more
Lee Harmon
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How do we know what we think we know? Dare we claim to know anything at all about God, or can we speak only about what we believe? Is it time to throw up in our hands and give in to postmodernism?

Don’t buy this book looking for an argument for the existence of God. That’s not the focus. This is a very good introduction to epistemology, with only a light Christian tint. Until the final pages, little is said about knowledge of God, and when we do get to the topic of divine revelation (for that is
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Steve
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Well... I'm going against the trend to score this book high because, while it's a reasonable introduction to epistemology, the authors' self-confessed Christian bias is its greatest weakness. When the authors stay away from areas not particularly contentious from a Christian perspective (whatever that is, given the diversity of Christian perspectives) it's reasonably balanced in presenting various options in response to the questions the book addresses. And the authors definitely try to be fair. ...more
Chris Woznicki
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing


A while ago I had the opportunity to write a review of Mark Foreman’s A Prelude to Philosophy . I absolutely loved the book – I recommended it to Christians who are becoming interested in philosophy, Christians who are taking philosophy as a college major, Christian philosophy professors, and college ministers who have How Do We Know? An Introduction to Epistemologystudents taking philosophy classes. Since I really enjoyed that book and found it useful, I was excited when I heard Foreman was coming out with another book this time on episte
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Jenn West
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very basic review. Takes a lot for granted. Didn't walk away with much.
Bailey Marissa
A great introduction to epistemology.

Used with LU Online: Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas
Rosie Gearhart
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorite reads this year. I wish there were more popular level books available about epistemology. This was an excellent introduction although probably too academic for the average reader to pick up. It was exactly what I needed to read, though. I practically underlined the whole book!
David
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone desiring an introduction to the discipline of empistemology (How We Know).
This book is a basic primer in epistemology and addresses the following issues: 1)What Is Epistemology? 2)What Is Knowledge? 3) Where Does Knowledge Come From? 4)What Is Truth, and How Do We Find It? 5) What Are Inferences, and How Do They Work? 6) What Do We Perceive? 7)Do We Need Justification? 8)What Is Virtue Epistemology? 9)Do We Have Revelation?, and 10) How Certain Can We Be?

The book is well written and argued which makes for a great introduction to the field of epistemology. I believe th
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Stephen
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This introduction to epistemology is very baaic, but helpful if you have not previously studied the subject. I did not know when I purchased the book that the authors were Christian and discussed epistemic issues related to Christianity in the book. Since I am a Christian, it was a pleasant surprise.
I did feel that some parts of the book could have gone into greater detail and depth. It is a very basic overview, but still worth reading.
Sagar Jethani
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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A good refresher, but the final chapters suffer from the admission of "alternative" forms of knowledge like revealed revelation. There's nothing inherently wrong with this except that the authors neglect to consider that opening such a door admits more in than those who share their own religious tradition. I particularly disliked the argument that one can be said to be in possession of true knowledge even if one cannot offer any kind of explanation of it.
Kevin Larsen
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not a professional philosopher, but, I thought this was a very good book. It is written for a novice to the discipline of epistemology.
Matt Manry
Great Christian perspective on epistemology.
Brent
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Very readable! Nice writing style.
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Dr. Foreman came to Liberty University as a graduate student in 1989 and joined the faculty in 1990. From 1990 – 1994, he designed and maintained the Phil 201 course for Liberty’s distance learning program. He continues as the subject matter expert for the current online Phil 201 course. In 1994 Dr. Foreman moved into the residential philosophy department where he has been ever since.

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