Not available in 2012
Epistemology is one of the main branches of philosophy, concerned with the nature and extent of human knowledge. Examples of the type of question dealt with in this course include the following: What is it to know something? Does all our knowledge about the world come from our senses, or are there other means by which we can find things out? Is it possible for human reason and understanding to grasp all the truths there are to know? What is scientific method, and is it any more trustworthy than other techniques other cultures have used to find out about the world?
The course aims to impart to students:
(1) To impart knowledge and understanding of the issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers in discussing the nature and extent of knowledge.
(2) To impart critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their thinking about what it is rational to believe in.
(3) Develop high-level written and oral skills in understanding and presenting philosophical issues concerned with the nature and extent of human knowledge.
(4) Develop an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which epistemology in both its classical and contemporary forms bears upon the knowledge claims made in the society at large.
Lectures focus on historical and contemporary treatments of the nature of knowledge. Content includes discussion of the nature and sources of justification and knowledge, the structure and growth of justification and knowledge, the prospects for knowledge in science, morality and religion, and responses to various forms of skepticism.
10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term