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Righting Epistemology: Hume's Revolution

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2017.11.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bredo Johnsen, Righting Epistemology: Hume's Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2017, 320pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190662776. Reviewed by Jared Bates, Hanover College Recent epistemology has lost its way, gone terribly wrong and needs to be righted. Much the same holds for scholarship on the history of epistemology. These two themes run through this volume. Johnsen's central argument is that Hume advanced a positive (anti-skeptical) response to the problem of radical skepticism about the external world that contained core elements of the theory of epistemic justification developed by Quine two centuries later. There is urgency to this project: "Quine's epistemology is the culmination of the Humean revolution, and the crowning achievement to date not only of the empiricist tradition, but of epistemology itself. Yet incredibly, it threatens to vanish, due to deep and widespread misunderstandings of it". . .

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