Faculty of Arts

PHIL 218

Problems in Epistemology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 218.


Epistemology is the study of knowledge, what it is and the conditions under which we possess it.

This course will introduce students to central topics in epistemology, including the following:

  • What is knowledge and is it possible to define it?
  • The "justified true belief" account of knowledge and the question of how to respond to the famous counter-examples due to Edmund Gettier
  • Theories of epistemic justification, including foundationalism, coherentism and reliabilism and the general contrast between "internalist" and "externalist" accounts of justification
  • The problem of scepticism and responses to it (the course will conclude with discussion of Wittgenstein's On Certainty); arguments for and against "naturalised" epistemology

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor John Bishop


Noah Lemos, An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2007)


Coursework + exam


PHIL 218: 15.0 points


30 points in Philosophy


PHIL 338

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