Basic Knowledge and Conditions on Knowledge

Basic Knowledge and Conditions on Knowledge Mark McBride

Forthcoming in Spring 2017

McBride’s book considers a variety of puzzles concerning immediate justification and knowledge. These puzzles are of active interest in the field, and it is useful to address them all in a single volume. I learned from this book, even when it covered issues I already knew well.
―Prof. Christopher Tucker, William & Mary University

How do we know what we know? In this stimulating and rigorous book, Mark McBride explores two sets of issues in contemporary epistemology: the problems that warrant transmission poses for the category of basic knowledge; and the status of conclusive reasons, sensitivity, and safety as conditions that are necessary for knowledge.

To have basic knowledge is to know (have justification for) some proposition immediately, i.e., knowledge (justification) that doesn’t depend on justification for any other proposition. This book considers several puzzles that arise when you take seriously the possibility that we can have basic knowledge.

McBride’s analysis draws together two vital strands in contemporary epistemology that are usually treated in isolation from each other. Additionally, its innovative arguments include a new application of the safety condition to the law.

This book will be of interest to epistemologists―both professionals and students.

The National University of Singapore has generously contributed to the publication of this volume.


Basic Knowledge and Conditions of Knowledge
Mark McBride | Forthcoming in 2017
ISBN Paperback: 9781783742837
ISBN Hardback: 9781783742844
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783742851
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783742868
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783742875
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0104
BIC subject codes: HPK (Philosophy: epistemology and theory of knowledge), GTR (Cognitive science), CFA (Philosophy of language)