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Tyler W. Hildebrand
PHIL 450
Seattle Campus


Systematic study of some of the main problems of the theory of knowledge, such as: the definition of "knowledge"; a priori knowledge; perception and knowledge of the external world; and whether knowledge has or requires a foundation. Emphasis varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

This course surveys some main problems in epistemology. Specific topics include: the analysis of knowledge, the structure of justification (foundationalism vs. coherentism), general skepticism, external world skepticism, inductive skepticism, a priori justification (rationalism vs. empiricism), pragmatic approaches to epistemology, and feminist approaches to epistemology. The end goal is to enable students to better answer the following question: How should we form our beliefs? TEXT: "Epistemology: Contemporary Readings", Ed. Michael Huemer.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, and group activities.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Tyler W. Hildebrand
Date: 01/27/2014