The course introduces the main topics and issues in contemporary epistemology. First, the framework: why we care for knowledge, and what is its value. Next, the nature and definition(s) of knowledge, in particular the relation of knowledge and epistemic justification. The issues are futher pursued in relation to the classical topic of kinds of justification: a priori vs. a posteriori knowledge. Finally, we address a topic from social epistemology: the nature and consequences of disagreement, in particular peer disagreement.
By the end of the course students will be expected to understand the main issues in epistemology. They will probably choose the views they think to be most plausible, and will be able to defend their choices.
Discussion in the class-roughly 10 %
Presentation in the class – roughly 30 %
Final paper – roughly 60 %