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What's the Point of Knowledge?: A Function-First Epistemology

Michael Hannon


This book is about knowledge and its value. At the heart of this book is a simple idea: we can answer many interesting and difficult questions in epistemology by reflecting on the role of epistemic evaluation in human life. Hannon calls this “function-first epistemology.” The core hypothesis is that the concept of knowledge is used to identify reliable informants. This practice is necessary, or at least deeply important, because it plays a vital role in human survival, cooperation, and flourishing. While this idea is quite simple, it has wide-reaching implications. Hannon uses it to cast new l ... More

Keywords: knowledge, function-first epistemology, social epistemology, reliable informant, Edward Craig, understanding, fallibilism, skepticism, epistemic pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914721
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Hannon, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham