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Believing in Accordance with the Evidence

New Essays on Evidentialism

  • Kevin McCain
  • Details the latest developments and extensions of a prominent epistemological theory

  • Includes new criticisms of evidentialism

  • Features contributions by eminent epistemologists as well as up-and-coming researchers


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 398)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kevin McCain
    Pages 1-4
  3. The Nature of Evidence

  4. Understanding Evidentialism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Richard Feldman, Earl Conee
      Pages 71-89
    3. Matthew Frise
      Pages 91-107
    4. Michael Bergmann
      Pages 109-123
  5. Evidentialism and Social Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. William D. Rowley
      Pages 127-143
    3. Georgi Gardiner
      Pages 169-195
  6. Challenges for Evidentialism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Michael Huemer
      Pages 199-222
    3. Clayton Littlejohn
      Pages 223-243
    4. Miriam Schleifer McCormick
      Pages 261-276

About this book


This volume explores evidentialism, a major theory of epistemic justification. It contains more than 20 papers that examine its nuances, its challenges, as well as its future directions. Written by leading and up-and-coming epistemologists, the papers cover a wide array of topics related to evidentialism.

The contributors present both sides of the theory: some are advocates of evidentialism, while others are critics. This provides readers with a comprehensive, and cutting-edge, understanding of this epistemic theory.

Overall, the book is organized into six parts: The Nature of Evidence, Understanding Evidentialism, Problems for Evidentialism, Evidentialism and Social Epistemology, New Directions for Evidentialism, and Explanationist Evidentialism.

Readers will find insightful discussion on such issues as the ontology of evidence, phenomenal dogmatism, how experiences yield evidence, the new evil demon problem, probability, the Path Principle, norms of credibility, intellectual virtues, wisdom, epistemic justification, and more.

This title provides authoritative coverage of evidentialism, from the latest developments to the most recent philosophical criticisms. It will appeal to researchers and graduate students searching for more information on this prominent epistemological theory.


Criticism of Evidentialism Dogmatism Epistemic Justice Epistemic Justification Evidence Evidential Support Evidentialism Explanationism Explanationist Evidentialism Experiential Evidence Inference to the best Explanation Intellectual Virtues Internalism and Externalism in Epistemology Justification of Memory Beliefs Metacognition and Evidence New Evil Demon Problem Phenomenal Conservatism Relation of Evidence and Probability Testimonial Injustice Wisdom

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin McCain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham BirminghamUSA

About the editors

Kevin McCain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His research focuses on issues in epistemology and philosophy of science—particularly where these areas intersect. In addition to numerous journal articles, he has written two books: Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification (Routledge, 2014) and The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach (Springer, 2016).

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