PHI609 For the Love of Knowledge: Topics in Social Epistemology

We know things as individuals, but we also know things collectively. And what we know individually can depend on our relation to other knowers and collective knowledge. These relations are not merely epistemic, they are also practical and ethical. Knowledge can, for instance, be based on trust, while a failure to recognize someone as a knower can be a matter of injustice. Knowledge thereby has a social character and an ethical dimension. This course will introduce a broad range of topics in epistemology that explore this social and ethical turn.

This module is also available to undergraduate students as PHI382.

If there are three or more postgraduates taking the module, a separate seminar will be scheduled for postgraduates only.