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Epistemic Pluralism

  • Annalisa Coliva
  • Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
  • Is the first edited collection solely focussed on epistemic pluralism

  • Investigates connections between epistemic pluralism and other epistemological paradigms

  • Shows how epistemic pluralism will serve to reconfigure many debates in epistemology


Part of the Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy book series (PIIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Annalisa Coliva, Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
    Pages 1-19
  3. Epistemic Pluralism: Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
      Pages 47-92
    3. Pascal Engel
      Pages 93-125
  4. Epistemic Pluralism: Justification, Knowledge, and Epistemic Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Anne Meylan
      Pages 129-143
    3. Jennifer Nado
      Pages 145-170
    4. Robin McKenna
      Pages 171-199
  5. Epistemic Pluralism and Epistemic Relativism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Martin Kusch
      Pages 203-228
  6. Epistemic Pluralism: Some Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Annalisa Coliva
      Pages 253-284
    3. Michele Palmira
      Pages 285-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 345-347

About this book


This book examines epistemic pluralism, a brand new area of research in epistemology with dramatic implications for the discipline. Challenging traditional assumptions about the nature of justification, an expert team of contributors explores pluralism about justification, with compelling first-order results – including analysis of the various requisites one might want to impose on the notion of justification (and therefore of knowledge) and why. It is shown why a long-lasting dispute within epistemology about the nature of justification has reached a stalemate and how embracing a different overarching outlook might lead to progress and aid better appreciation of the relationship between the various epistemic projects scholars have been pursuing.

With close connections to the idea of epistemic relativism, and with specific applications to various areas of contemporary epistemology (such as the debate over epistemic norms of action and assertion, epistemic peers' disagreement, self-knowledge and the status of philosophical disputes about ontology) this fascinating new volume is essential reading for scholars, researchers and advanced students in the discipline.


Epistemology Pluralism Justification Knowledge Relativism

Editors and affiliations

  • Annalisa Coliva
    • 1
  • Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Yonsey International CampusUnderwood International CollegeIncheonKorea (Republic of)

About the editors

Annalisa Coliva is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, US. She has published widely on the subjects of epistemology, philosophy of mind and languages and the history of analytic philosophy and is the originator of the concept of ‘hinge epistemology’. Her most recent books include The Varieties of Self-Knowledge (2016) and Extended Rationality: A Hinge Epistemology (2015).

Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen is Associate Professor at the Underwood International College, South Korea. The founding Director of the Veritas Research Center and the UIC Research Institute, his research interests include epistemology, truth, metaphysics, and philosophy of logic. His work is due to appear in the upcoming Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology and he is currently co-editing a book entitled Epistemic Entitlement with Peter Graham.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Epistemic Pluralism
  • Editors Annalisa Coliva
    Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
  • Series Title Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65459-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88034-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65460-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 347
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Analytic Philosophy
    Research Methodology
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“The collection features an impressive plurality of perspectives on epistemic pluralism. Its chapters range from broad meta-epistemological issues to detailed case-studies concerning pluralism about particular epistemic phenomena. As a whole, the collection will help to ensure that monist presuppositions that characterize much of contemporary epistemology be critically evaluated.” (Mikkel Gerken, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

“The idea that there are different ways to know is a classic—and in my view, correct—philosophical viewpoint. But while it has played a background role in the thinking of many thinkers, it is rarely discussed as a topic of research in its own right. This important collection of new work by leading epistemologists corrects that oversight, and brings epistemic pluralism into rightful focus, demonstrating why the idea that there are different kinds of knowledge is both more attractive—and more challenging to defend—than previously thought.” (Michael Patrick Lynch, Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut., USA)