Epistemology (PHIL*3190) | College of Arts

Epistemology (PHIL*3190)

Code and section: PHIL*3190*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Ken Dorter


Method of Delivery:

Face to face (on campus).

Course Synopsis:

An investigation of what it means to know something (as opposed to just believing it), what kinds of things can be known, and how we can achieve that knowledge. We will address these questions by examining major texts in the history of epistemology.

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • Essay(s) - Either two 1250 word essays (25% each) or one 2500 word essay (50%)
  • Final exam - 50%

Required Textbooks:

  • Plato, Theaetetus (Hackett ISBN 9780872201583)
  • Ariew & Watkins (eds), Readings In Modern Philosophy, Vol. 2 (Hackett ISBN 978-0-87220-532-1)
  • Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (Hackett ISBN 9780872205932)
  • Russell, The Problems of Philosophy (Oxford ISBN 978-0-19-511552-9)

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

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