Current Debates in Epistemology (PHIL*4360) | College of Arts

Current Debates in Epistemology (PHIL*4360)

Code and section: PHIL*4360*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Karyn Freedman


This course will be an investigation into recent work in the epistemology of ignorance. In particular, we are going to examine a specific form of ignorance which we might call a motivated non-knowing, in which false beliefs are cultivated and sustained in order to maintain systems of dominance and privilege. We will read recent work in this emerging field by Miranda Fricker, Charles Mills, Linda Martin Alcoff, and others. We will look at ignorance from the perspective of race and gender, with an eye to determining the different ways in which motivated ignorance is produced and maintained. A central concern of ours will be on questions of responsibility, complicity, and culpable ignorance.


"Course Outline"

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.