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After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions

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2018.07.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Pasnau, After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions, Oxford University Press, 2017, 384pp., $70.00, ISBN 9780198801788. Reviewed by Sydney Penner, Asbury University Pasnau's previous book is the ambitious and hefty Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671; his latest book is, if anything, even more ambitious, covering the history of epistemology from Aristotle to the present day. Here, however, the main text is a mere 138 pages.[1] Its chief virtues are therefore predictable: a stimulating, readable synopsis of more than two millennia of epistemological thought painted in broad strokes that are clearly discernible without the distraction of too much detail. The concomitant vices are equally predictable. If one disagrees with Pasnau's interpretation of a given figure, the detailed engagement with primary texts and argumentation that might move one towards his interpretation is unlikely to be. . .

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