Ch 12: Contemporary Epistemology

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This fun chapter can quickly improve your knowledge of the philosophers, perspectives and theories that shape contemporary epistemology. View lessons and complete short quizzes to confirm your understanding and ensure you're able to ready and able to take a test, complete an assignment or boost your grades.

Contemporary Epistemology - Chapter Summary

Explore the ever-changing viewpoints in contemporary epistemology with help from our entertaining chapter. Study short lessons to learn how perception of knowledge is impacted by race, gender and experience. Our multiple-choice quizzes make it easy to test your knowledge of contemporary epistemology. Any questions you develop during your study of this chapter can be submitted to our experts. Feel free to access the lessons and other study resources any time, using any computer or mobile device. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • List and describe the pragmatic approaches of Peirce, James and Dewey in the search for truth
  • Discuss methods of phenomenology and founder Edmund Husserl
  • Define and list types of constructivism
  • Identify and discuss African American approaches to epistemology
  • Share descriptions of different feminist approaches to epistemology

5 Lessons in Chapter 12: Contemporary Epistemology
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Pragmatism According to Peirce, James & Dewey

1. Pragmatism According to Peirce, James & Dewey

This lesson explains the approach of three philosophers who took a pragmatic approach to the search for truth. You'll learn how they sought to make philosophy more productive and why action was so important to their views.

Edmund Husserl & Phenomenology

2. Edmund Husserl & Phenomenology

In this lesson, you'll learn about the methods of phenomenology and its founder, Edmund Hesserl. We'll also consider why a typical approach to studying the world is not adequate when we look at human consciousness.

Constructivism: Definition, Types & Contributors

3. Constructivism: Definition, Types & Contributors

Are you just a sponge absorbing information? Or are you actively constructing your own reality even as you read this? This lesson looks at the constructivist point of view for how we come to acquire knowledge.

African-American Approaches to Epistemology

4. African-American Approaches to Epistemology

In this lesson, we'll consider the impact of injustice on one's knowledge about the world. Also, we'll imagine the impacts on how we view ourselves and what three key African-American thinkers had to say on this topic.

Feminist Approaches to Epistemology

5. Feminist Approaches to Epistemology

In this lesson, explore what it means to include women's voices in philosophical discussions. Consider the variety of viewpoints brought to the table by feminist thinkers and how they describe the way we develop beliefs.

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