Self Study:Epistemology

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This page is part of my self study project into philosophy. What is written are my own personal notes taken as a means of formalizing what I've read and/or learned. The information may not be accurate, as I may have took away the wrong points. Also the information could be basic or partial - as learning requires taking on small parts before getting deeper. The content may be a tad scatterbrain as well. Either way, it should be an interesting read and maybe you'll learn something with me.

Epistemology is the theory of knowledge and looks at things such as what is knowledge? Can we know knowledge? How do we know?

This is a self study section on Epistemology where I'm studying from the book: Epistemology - A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge by Robert Audi. Some may wonder why I'm studying this or even care. It certainly is a bit dry or at the very least, not very applicable to my life. Well, I've developed an interest in philosophy. Ethics and morality really did get me into it, but upon my causal consumption I found myself becoming very interested in epistemology. It seems quite important to me to understand knowledge and whether I had good reasons for my own.

I asked for advice on where to start with philosophy and I received the same piece of advice - start where there's an interest. And I get it. Philosophy is a massive field and it's one that isn't easy to consume, so pick something that will get you into it.

This is me starting in a more formal manner, instead of just consuming random articles on random topics.


Chapter 1 Perception: Sensing, Believing, and Knowing


Chapter 2 Theories of Perception: Sense Experience, Appearances, and Reality


Chapter 3 Memory: The Preservation and Reconstruction of the Past


Chapter 4 Consciousness: The Life of the Mind


Chapter 5 Reason I: Understanding, Insight and Intellectual Power

Reason | A Priori and A Posteriori

Chapter 6 Reason II: Sources of Justification, Knowledge, and Truth

Reason | A Priori and A Posteriori

Chapter 7 Testimony: The Social Foundation of Knowledge


Chapter 8 Inference and the Extension of Knowledge