Philosophical Papers and Review

  • Abbreviation: Philos. Papers Rev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-663X
  • DOI: 10.5897/PPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 39

Full Length Research Paper

“Recent trends and future prospects in epistemology” - A review of John Kekes

Fayemi Ademola Kazeem
Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University P.M.B 1087, LASU Post Office, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009



The paper is a critical survey of John Kekes’ perspective on the recent trends and future prospects of epistemology.  The three fundamental issues in contemporary epistemology that engaged the attention of Kekes are intimately connected to justification: foundationalism, skepticism and rationality. The paper argues that Kekes’ epistemic survey of these issues is on the one hand commendable as his analysis clearly reveals a sound awareness, understanding and apprehension of the recent trends and future prospects in epistemology. On the other hand, the paper critically exposes the conceptual flaws and problems that fraught Kekes’ epistemic survey in the final analysis.


Key words: Justification, foundationalism, fallibilism, skepticism, rationality.