What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues pdf epub fb2

What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues by David Coady pdf epub fb2

What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues Author: David Coady
Title: What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues
ISBN: 1405199946
ISBN13: 978-1405199940
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Pages: 212 pages
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 16, 2012)
Language: English
Category: Other
Size PDF version: 1496 kb
Size EPUB version: 1590 kb
Subcategory: Humanities




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 these issues out at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Coady calls for an 'applied turn' in epistemology, a process he likens to the applied turn that transformed the study of ethics in the early 1970s. Subjects dealt with include:

Experts-how can we recognize them? And when should we trust them? Rumors-should they ever be believed? And can they, in fact, be a source of knowledge? Conspiracy theories-when, if ever, should they be believed, and can they be known to be true? The blogosphere-how does it compare with traditional media as a source of knowledge and justified belief?

Timely, thought provoking, and controversial, What to Believe Now offers a wealth of insights into a branch of philosophy of growing importance-and increasing relevance-in the twenty-first century.