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Righting Epistemology: Hume's Revolution

Bredo Johnsen


David Hume launched a historic revolution in epistemology, but allies appeared only in the twentieth century, in the persons of Sir Karl Popper, Nelson Goodman, and W. V. Quine. Hume’s second great contribution to the field was to propose reflective equilibrium theory as the framework within which to understand epistemic justification. The core of this book comprises an account of these developments from Hume to Quine, and an extension of reflective equilibrium theory that renders it a general theory of epistemic justification concerning our beliefs about the world. In chapters on Sextus, Desc ... More

Keywords: skepticism, epistemic justification, epistemology, knowledge, reflective equilibrium, David Hume

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190662776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190662776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bredo Johnsen, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Houston