Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 411–415 | Cite as

Dirk Koppelberg and Stefan Tolksdorf (eds): Erkenntnistheorie—Wie und wozu?

Mentis, Münster 2015, 498 pp, €39.80, ISBN: 978-3-89785-348-5
  • Insa Lawler
Book review

To what end should or do we pursue philosophy and how? Meta-philosophical questions along these lines have gained more and more interest recently. The collected volume “Erkenntnistheorie—Wie und wozu?” (Engl.: “Epistemology—How and to what end?”) aspires to raise and tackle issues addressing the meta-epistemological questions “How is epistemology practiced and to what end?” (9). Although this aim sounds like a descriptive meta-epistemological endeavor, it is not surprising that many authors rather argue for normative claims surrounding the questions “How and to what end should epistemology be pursued?”. This review provides an overview on the collected volume and offers a critical evaluation of its overall achievement.

The editors Dirk Koppelberg and Stefan Tolksdorf compiled 13 new articles in German and supplemented them by a translated article by Joshua Shephard and Michael Bishop as well as translations of three articles by John Greco, Duncan Pritchard, and Ernest Sosa,...



Support for this research by a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and by the Volkswagen Foundation for the project “A study in explanatory power” is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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