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Knowledge and its Limits

Timothy Williamson


The book develops a conception of epistemology in which the notion of knowledge is explanatorily fundamental. It reverses the traditional programme of trying to analyse knowledge as a combination of truth, belief, and other factors, such as justification. Rather, belief is a state whose successful form is knowledge, and justification is on the basis of knowledge, which is acquainted with evidence. Knowing is as much a mental state as believing, but it is world‐involving because one can know only what is true; the book extends the externalist conception of mind from the contents of mental state ... More

Keywords: assertion, belief, Epistemology, evidence, externalism, internalism, justification, knowledge, mental state, paradox of knowability, philosophy of mind, rationality, scepticism, Timothy Williamson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019925656X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Williamson, author
University of Oxford