Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 747–752 | Cite as

Robert Audi: Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

Routledge, New York, NY, 3rd edn, 2010, ISBN: 13: 978-0-415-87923-1, 432 pp, US $39.95
  • Kevin McCainEmail author
Book Review


This book is the most recent incarnation of Robert Audi’s well-known introductory epistemology textbook. Like the previous editions, this textbook is very high quality, which is unsurprising given Audi’s reputation as an epistemologist. This latest edition updates the previous edition by expanding on some points and by including sections on topics that have recently come to the fore of epistemological debates—topics such as the nature and justificatory role of intuitions, the epistemic significance of disagreement with one’s peers, and the issue of what, if anything, makes knowledge a particularly valuable commodity are all new to this edition. To say that this textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary epistemology would be an understatement. At 432 pages Audi’s Epistemologyis nearly twice as long as the other prominent introductory textbooks on the topic. This textbook not only introduces readers to a wide range of topics in epistemology, it also...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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