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PHIL340 Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge (Advanced)

What is knowledge? Can we know anything? How could we know what we think we know? When is a belief justified? These are the questions addressed in this paper.

Paper title Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge (Advanced)
Paper code PHIL340
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 102, PHIL 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

heather.dyke@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Professor Heather Dyke

Paper Structure
  • Knowledge and its Value
  • What is Knowledge?
  • Externalism and Perception
  • Testimony and Memory
  • A priori, a posteriori, Induction
  • Scepticism and Objectivity
  • Truth and Objectivity (including relativism)
Teaching Arrangements
Standard lecture format
Textbooks
Duncan Pritchard, What is this thing called Knowledge? (3rd ed., Routledge 2014)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Communication Skills.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Having successfully completed this paper students will be able to:
  1. Outline the key problems of epistemology (e.g. scepticism, the nature of knowledge, the Gettier problem);
  2. Describe the main approaches to epistemology (e.g. internalism, externalism);
  3. Describe the major theories in epistemology (e.g. foundationalism, coherentism);
  4. Understand recent developments in the field (e.g.; virtue epistemology, the epistemology of testimony); and
  5. Apply what they have learned to some problems in everyday life (e.g. reliance on expert testimony).

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22

What is knowledge? Can we know anything? How could we know what we think we know? When is a belief justified? These are the questions addressed in this paper.

Paper title Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge (Advanced)
Paper code PHIL340
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 102, PHIL 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

heather.dyke@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Heather Dyke

Paper Structure

In the first part of the course we examine different theories of knowledge, including the Justified True Belief theory, Reliabilism, Virtue Epistemology, Internalism and Externalism, as well as related epistemic concepts including justification, rationality, and the a priori/a posteriori distinction. We then look at different sources of knowledge including perception, testimony, memory and inference, and consider whether beliefs derived from them are justified. In the third part we look at different kinds of knowledge, including scientific, religious and moral knowledge. Lastly, we look at varieties of scepticism.

Teaching Arrangements
Standard lecture format
Textbooks

Duncan Pritchard, What Is This Thing Called Knowledge, 4th Edition, Routledge, 2018.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Communication Skills.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this paper students will be able to:

  1. Outline the key problems of epistemology (e.g. scepticism, the nature of knowledge, the Gettier problem);
  2. Describe the main approaches to epistemology (e.g. internalism, externalism);
  3. Describe the major theories in epistemology (e.g. foundationalism, coherentism);
  4. Understand recent developments in the field (e.g.; virtue epistemology, the epistemology of testimony); and
  5. Apply what they have learned to some problems in everyday life (e.g. reliance on expert testimony).

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 17-22