Faculty of Arts


PHIL 218

Problems in Epistemology


Description

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

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

  • The "justified true belief" account of knowledge and its limitations
  • Theories of epistemic justification, including foundationalism, coherentism and reliabilism
  • Testimony and relations of epistemic dependence
  • Theories of group belief and the distribution of epistemic labour
  • The problem of scepticism and responses to it (including discussion of Wittgenstein’s On Certainty)

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Availability 2020

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Professor John Bishop
Dr Matheson Russell

Reading/Texts

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

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

PHIL 218: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points in Philosophy

Restrictions

PHIL 338


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