A new book by Ernest Sosa is always an event. In a philosophical age where much of the focus is on piecemeal issues, Sosa has forged ahead with a novel virtue-theoretic treatment of a range of core questions in epistemology that is self-consciously systematic. Note that ‘epistemology’ is here broadly conceived. Indeed, a key part of the Sosa project has been to enlarge the reach of mainstream epistemology and thereby draw out connections with other areas of philosophy that have hitherto been underexplored, especially ethics, philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics. Moreover, Sosa is also unusual among contemporary philosophers in having an acute grasp of the history of the subject, which he brings to bear in support of his program. The result is an incredibly sophisticated vision of how a range of topics in epistemology fit together.1

Epistemic Explanations: A Theory of Telic Normativity, and What it Explains...

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