This book has its origin in the Isaiah Berlin lectures that Robert Pasnau gave at Oxford University in spring 2014. The heart of the book is a series of six “lectures,” relatively short, written in a lively style, and addressed to a wider philosophical and historical audience. The lectures are supplemented by more detailed scholarly notes at the end of the book, supplementary essays that the reader interested in more detail can consult. The notes are considerably longer than the main text and are intended to be optional supplements to the main lectures, to be read only after the reader has absorbed the main lecture.

After Certainty is, in a way, a sequel to Pasnau's earlier book, Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671, bringing to the history of epistemology what the earlier book brought to the history of metaphysics, a synoptic overview of the evolution of...

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