Epistemology (PHIL*6220) | College of Arts

Epistemology (PHIL*6220)

Code and section: PHIL*6220*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Karyn Freedman


In this course 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 (e.g. by Miranda Fricker, Charles Mills, Shelley Tremain, Linda Martin Alcoff, and others), looking at ignorance from the perspective of race, disability, and gender, with an eye to determining the different ways ignorance is produced and maintained. A central concern of ours will be on questions of responsibility 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.