Epistemology (PHIL*6220) | College of Arts

Epistemology (PHIL*6220)

Term: Winter 2013


In this course we will look at the relationship between justification and epistemic
duty. The traditional view is that justification involves having reasons and having
reasons that one has access to. On this internalist view, to be justified is to be
epistemically blameless. As such, a justified belief is one that can stand up to
critical scrutiny (self-imposed or otherwise). In the first half of this course we will
examine this deontological conception of justification and contrast it with
externalist accounts, which reject the cognitive access requirement on
justification. Once we have a handle on this issue, we will spend the second half
of the course exploring how it bears on the epistemology of disagreement.


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