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Epistemology. History and culture.

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Does anyone know any good books on epistemology?

Specifically I'd like to broaden my understanding in how it has varied throughout history and cultures.

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Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge - Robert Audi

There's also the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy available online here.

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Fantastic - thanks.

I have the ebook on my iPad now.

Look forward to reading it.

I was given an amazon gift of ebook William lane Craig's "reasonable faith". He has some good stuff to say, but wow he is fundamental in other areas!

I think he subscribes to Cartesian dualism, (but in a way in which the mind is not dependent on matter of some sort), because he uses it as one his main premises to show the first cause of the universe is personal.

I've yet to finish it so I could be wrong

Anyone else read it?

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I am reading it for my university degree. It's disappointing to see him undermine his entire position by ultimately resorting to 'I've had a spiritual experience which convinces me of God's existence; when you have a spiritual experience you'll be convinced too.'

This is very poor and completely flies in the face of his other arguments, which are predicated on reason rather than subjective personal experiences.

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I am reading it for my university degree. It's disappointing to see him undermine his entire position by ultimately resorting to 'I've had a spiritual experience which convinces me of God's existence; when you have a spiritual experience you'll be convinced too.'

This is very poor and completely flies in the face of his other arguments, which are predicated on reason rather than subjective personal experiences.

Yep. He calls it a 'self-authenticating' experience. So even if he's wrong he's still right!

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What "role" would you say spiritual experience plays in someone's life?

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He's practically encouraging a pre-supposition of conclusions to questions in that video ... which i have found tends to hinder learning

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What "role" would you say spiritual experience plays in someone's life?

This would depend on how a person defines "spiritual experience" wouldn't it?

I imagine that however you define it, Romans 8 and 1 John are probably going to be of interest...

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On 13/10/2012 at 8:57 AM, Disciple said:

I think he subscribes to Cartesian dualism,

No philosopher believes in this anymore to my knowledge.

On 12/10/2012 at 0:17 PM, Disciple said:

Does anyone know any good books on epistemology?

Specifically I'd like to broaden my understanding in how it has varied throughout history and cultures.

Knowledge Puzzles: An Introduction To Epistemology by Stephen Cade Hetherington

 

And it hasn't varied through history as far as I know, it is just in some cultures the source of knowledge comes from certain sources not used as much in other cultures.

But epistemology (how do we know truth) is much more useful than metaphysics (what is the universe really like) in my opinion

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Actually there are still philosophers subscribing to Cartesian dualism in some form (e.g. Keith Ward).

Also, I doubt Disciple is still looking for resources on epistemology 5 years down the track...

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5 hours ago, BDW said:

Also, I doubt Disciple is still looking for resources on epistemology 5 years down the track...

Maybe but that doesn't mean there isn't any new books on Epistemology 5 years later.. and others might have the same question and want an updated answer?

I dunno maybe I misunderstood this place to be a discussion forum, instead of a closed thread answer forum..

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Okay so somehow a discussion about the Bible but not about theology or beliefs.

Okay so I've misunderstood this place.

So this just a place to discuss evolution and archaeology?

And the answer to http://skepticsannotatedbible.com is not to solve the alleged contradictions but to say the skeptics aren't looking at the correct socio-historical background or perspective?

Well no wonder there isn't much discussion, there isn't any agnostics here.

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26 minutes ago, SDA said:

Maybe but that doesn't mean there isn't any new books on Epistemology 5 years later.. and others might have the same question and want an updated answer?

I don't see anyone here asking the same question and wanting an updated answer.

26 minutes ago, SDA said:

I dunno maybe I misunderstood this place to be a discussion forum, instead of a closed thread answer forum..

It is a discussion forum. But you aren't discussing. You're doing this.

1. Posting comments in threads which have been completely inactive for up to five years, without actually contributing anything at all.

2. Spamming other threads with your personal views without actually paying any attention to the replies given to you; in particular, substituting your own assertions for Bible study, and failing to present evidence when asked. You've already received warnings about this.

28 minutes ago, SDA said:

Okay so somehow a discussion about the Bible but not about theology or beliefs.

NO it doesn't say that. It says you can discuss specific Christadelphian beliefs which are relevant to the purpose of the forum.

29 minutes ago, SDA said:

So this just a place to discuss evolution and archaeology?

No. That is a stupid question because you already know it is not just a place to discuss evolution and archaeology. There are a host of other subjects here, including those you've been discussing with us; hermeneutics, textual criticism, historicity, apologetics, etc.

30 minutes ago, SDA said:

And the answer to http://skepticsannotatedbible.com is not to solve the alleged contradictions but to say the skeptics aren't looking at the correct socio-historical background or perspective?

Demonstrating how the skeptics are ignorant of the correct socio-historical background is the solution to most of the alleged contradictions. That's why we have so many answers about such claims, on this forum.

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