PHI313 Epistemology

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Outline:

Epistemology is concerned with the nature of knowing and understanding the various ways in which knowledge is acquired and retained. In the background lie sceptical arguments concluding that we do not in fact know anything. Each week this course looks at an important article in contemporary epistemology. The first lecture outlines the epistemological background needed to make sense of the article and the second lecture then runs through the arguments given in the paper. In this way, we arrive at the seminar able to discuss papers that been influential in shaping the discipline or are recent state of the art pieces. The topics we will cover include: virtue epistemology, contextualism, the knowledge we have of our thinking, disagreement, testimony, epistemic circularity, disjunctivism about knowledge, and others.

Preparatory Reading

Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, edited by Sosa and Steup, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 1405107391

Lecturer

Paul Faulkner

Assessment

One essay (50%) and one exam (50%); or one long essay (100%).

Lectures - Autumn 2017

Monday 2-4pm - Broad Lane Lecture Theatre 9

Seminars (from Week 3)

Wednesday 11am-12 noon - Firth Court - F02a