Analysing Knowledge

  • Duncan Pritchard
Part of the Palgrave Philosophy Today book series (PPT)


The principal concern of epistemology has tended to be the philosophical exploration of propositional knowledge (i.e., knowledge that suchand-such is the case), where this involves offering an analysis of this notion. Call this the analytic project. In this book, we will be following mainstream epistemology in focussing on the analytical project. (Note that, henceforth, when I talk about ‘knowledge’ without qualification it will be propositional knowledge that I have in mind.) Even if one grants that it is right to make propositional knowledge our focus (some have questioned this), there are two (as we will see, inter-related) worries about the analytic project that we should consider from the outset (we will consider a third worry presently). The first is whether knowledge is the kind of thing that one can analyse in the first place. The second is what it means to offer an analysis of knowledge. Let us start with the second worry, since I think this will shed some light on why we need not be overly concerned about the first worry.


True Belief Epistemic Condition Propositional Knowledge Perceptual Belief Classical Account 
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© Duncan Pritchard 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan Pritchard
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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