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
Chapter 6 Reason II: Sources of Justification, Knowledge, and Truth
Chapter 7 Testimony: The Social Foundation of Knowledge
Chapter 8 Inference and the Extension of Knowledge
Chapter 9 The Architecture of Knowledge
Chapter 10 The Analysis of Knowledge: Justification, Certainty, and Reliability
Chapter 11 Knowledge, Justification, and Truth
Chapter 12 Scientific, Moral, and Religious Knowledge
Chapter 13 Skepticism I: The Quest for Certainty
Chapter 14 Skepticism II: The Defense of Common Sense in the Face of Fallibility
Book and Notes Completed August 26 2018