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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- One PHIL paper or 72 points
- PHIL 102, PHIL 340
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- Teaching staff
- 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
- Duncan Pritchard, What is this thing called Knowledge? (3rd ed., Routledge 2014)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary Perspective, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Communication Skills.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Having successfully completed this paper students will be able to:
- Outline the key problems of epistemology (e.g. scepticism, the nature of knowledge, the Gettier problem);
- Describe the main approaches to epistemology (e.g. internalism, externalism);
- Describe the major theories in epistemology (e.g. foundationalism, coherentism);
- Understand recent developments in the field (e.g.; virtue epistemology, the epistemology of testimony); and
- Apply what they have learned to some problems in everyday life (e.g. reliance on expert testimony).