Tyler W. Hildebrand
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.
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.
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General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, and group activities.
Class assignments and grading