Course module - Issues in Epistemology * FOR 2012/13 *
Code : PHIL30331 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 1
The course aims to:
• provide students with a detailed understanding of some of the issues and disputes that make up contemporary epistemology
• to help students come to terms with some of the central texts in the field
• encourage students to think through the issues raised for themselves and arrive at well-argued conclusions
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
• a critical understanding of some of the disputes that make up contemporary epistemology
• a thorough knowledge of some of the central texts in the field
• an informed opinion about how to answer (or not to) the problems discussed
• an ability to write concisely, relevantly and analytically about the issues raised, both in an essay and under exam conditions
67% - EXAMINATION
33% - ASSESSED ESSAY
Pre-requisite: 40 PHIL credits at Level 2
The course will deal in detail with some and touch on all of the following topics: the definition of knowledge; the problem of scepticism; foundationalism and coherentism; the concept of justification; traditional vs. naturalised epistemology; epistemic internalism and externalism; reliabilism; epistemic contextualism; testimony; social epistemology.
Uebel, Professor Thomas
For 2012/13 (subject to change):
LECTURE: Tuesday 10-12pm
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial weekly.
A. Morton, A Guide through the Theory of Knowledge, Oxford: Blackwell, 3rd ed. 2003, or R. Audi, Epistemology, A Contemporary Introduction, London: Routledge, 1998.