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Publisher's Summary

This work gives clear rigorous answers to the fundamental questions of epistemology, these being:

  • What is knowledge?
  • How does declarative knowledge differ from procedural knowledge?
  • How does intuitive knowledge differ from discursive knowledge?
  • How does scientific knowledge differ from non-scientific knowledge?
  • What is the difference between discovery and justification?
  • What is the nature of our knowledge of the past, the future, the merely possible, and the present but not perceptible?
  • How is conceptual knowledge different from empirical knowledge?
  • Is all knowledge inferential?
  • Is all knowledge theoretical?
  • Is all inferential knowledge theoretical?
  • Is the mind transparent to itself?
  • Is the concept of unconscious ideation a coherent one?
  • What is the Gettier problem and what is the solution to the Gettier problem?

This book is appropriate for beginners and also for researchers.

©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski

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The ultimate philosophy book

Where does Epistemology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Number 1

What other book might you compare Epistemology to and why?

Probably something by Hume, because it is clear and logical.

What about Randy Whitlow’s performance did you like?

His deep voice, a relaxed yet focused quality. Very rich and nuanced voice; is sensitive to the fault-lines in this richly articulated material.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If Alex Baldwin were smart, this is what he would say.

Any additional comments?

This books puts other philosophy books to shame. Bravo.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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worth more than four years of philosophy classes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I majored in philosophy. This book says more than my professors could over the course of six years (four years undergrad, two in a masters program)

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

What does Randy Whitlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kuczynski's material moves very fast. Randy Whitlow brings a calm wisdom that offsets Kuczynski's nervous energy.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The material on information-transmission re: the Gettier problem was beyond good.

Any additional comments?

Presumably the author is well known. But the cover designs on his books look something an eight year old does. Who does his marketing?

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Best book I've read

What did you love best about Epistemology?

The clarity

Who was your favorite character and why?

the main one, he was smart

Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this is my first encounter with randy whitlow

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

almost, but I had to pause to consider the things the author was saying

Any additional comments?

great book, great narrator

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serious philosophy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

only if they're smart, because it is smart

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the thoroughness and subtle ironies

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

not been so boring and languid

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

get to know me!

Any additional comments?

the narrator was good, but not right for this sort of role

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I love the narrator

What did you love best about Epistemology?

the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the narrator.

What about Randy Whitlow’s performance did you like?

he sounds like my dad.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i like the narrator.

Any additional comments?

the narrator was good. the book was kind of confusing.

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the book for serious philosophers

Would you consider the audio edition of Epistemology to be better than the print version?

yes, in that it made me really take in each sentence. also, there is a subtly lyrical quality, almost poetic, metered quality to it, which one has to hear it to appreciate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Epistemology?

the discussion of the paradox of analysis. it was brilliant, made me realize how incompetent my professors in college were.

Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, impressed by its authoritativeness

Any additional comments?

if you are a thinker, get it. if you want fluff don't.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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a hammerblow of a book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, author solves gettier problem

Who was your favorite character and why?

this was a treatise, not a work of fiction

Which character – as performed by Randy Whitlow – was your favorite?

see above

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

almost, but had to take a break

Any additional comments?

discussion of counterfactual knowledge utterly, utterly cogent

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for very, very smart people

If you could sum up Epistemology in three words, what would they be?

Thinking about thinking

Who was your favorite character and why?

it was non-fiction

Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

epistemology by j.-m. kuczynski phd

Any additional comments?

great narrator! should be on a car commercial

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A feast for your brain!

At last someone teaching epistemology who actually believes that knowledge is possible!

If you or someone you love is in the habit of using language to communicate. You need to listen to this audiobook. TWICE!

Brilliant organization and presentation of the subject matter!

You need to think more deeply about how you can know what is true.

Here is a great first step.

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a real accomplishment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a commanding performance of a major work.

What other book might you compare Epistemology to and why?

Some book by Russell or Hume

Which character – as performed by Randy Whitlow – was your favorite?

There were no characters, but there were no narrative elements

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, in awe of it

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to think!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tug
  • 09-28-16

hands down the best book in its class

Would you consider the audio edition of Epistemology to be better than the print version?

yes, but when you hear it narrated, especially by this chap, the weight of kuczynski's wisdom really sinks in

What was one of the most memorable moments of Epistemology?

the discussion of self-knowledge, and the discussion of how all theoretical knowledge is inferential but not the way other arond

What does Randy Whitlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a depth and magisterial slowness that forces you to take in what is being said, and gives you the time to do so

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

skip college read this book

Any additional comments?

skip college read this book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kai
  • 09-28-16

the work of a master

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

the best philosophy book, or book of any kind (at least on audible) that I have read/listened to in a long, long time

What did you like best about this story?

the rigor, combined with the flow

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the discussion of self-knowledge

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

too long for that

Any additional comments?

absolutely brilliant

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  • christopher sai eccles
  • 11-07-17

Good introduction

Well narrated short piece to give an introduction into the field of epistemology. Very approachable, would recommend.