Duncan Pritchard

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Duncan Pritchard
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine; Edinburgh University
Main interests

Duncan Pritchard FRSE is the Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of California, Irvine and a professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His field of research is epistemology. He has studied the problem of scepticism, the epistemic externalism/internalism distinction; the rationality of religious belief; testimony; the relationship between epistemic and content externalism; virtue epistemology; epistemic value; modal epistemology; Wittgensteinian hinge epistemology; the history of scepticism; and epistemological contextualism.[1][2]

Academic studies[edit]

He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of St Andrews.[1]


The books of Pritchard:[3][4]

  • Epistemology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). [NB. This is the retitled second edition of Knowledge].
  • Epistemic Angst: Radical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing (Princeton University Press, 2015).
  • What is this Thing Called Philosophy?, (editor, Routledge, 2015).
  • Philosophy for Everyone, (editor, with M. Chrisman, Routledge, 2013).
  • Epistemological Disjunctivism (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Knowledge, (Palgrave Macmillan, 1st ed. 2009). [The second edition of this textbook has been retitled Epistemology—see above].
  • What is this Thing Called Knowledge?, (Routledge, 1st ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2009; 3rd ed. 2013; 4th ed. 2018).
  • Epistemology A-Z (with M. Blaauw), (Edinburgh UP/Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)


He received the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research in philosophy in 2007.[5] He received a Chair in Epistemology in 2007. He was also elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 for his works in philosophy.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Duncan Pritchard".
  2. ^ "Duncan Pritchard visiting Fall 2016 - Philosophy Department".
  3. ^ "Duncan Pritchard visiting Fall 2016 - Philosophy Department".
  4. ^ "Epistemic Angst". Princeton University Press.
  5. ^ "Philosophy - Authoritative Research Guide - Oxford Bibliographies - obo".
  6. ^ "Duncan Pritchard - Edinburgh Research Explorer". www.research.ed.ac.uk.

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