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Epistemology

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10.4324/9780415249126-P059-2
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2005
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-P059-2
Version: v2,  Published online: 2005
Retrieved October 24, 2017, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/overview/epistemology/v-2

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Epistemology is one of the core areas of philosophy. It is concerned with the nature, sources and limits of knowledge. Epistemology has been primarily concerned with propositional knowledge, that is, knowledge that such-and-such is true, rather than other forms of knowledge, for example, knowledge how to such-and-such. There is a vast array of views about propositional knowledge, but one virtually universal presupposition is that knowledge is true belief, but not mere true belief (see Belief and knowledge). For example, lucky guesses or true beliefs resulting from wishful thinking are not knowledge. Thus, a central question in epistemology is: what must be added to true beliefs to convert them into knowledge?

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Klein, Peter D.. Epistemology, 2005, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-P059-2. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/overview/epistemology/v-2.
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