Epistemology (core MA) 2013/14 Winter
(Epistemology 2013/14 Winter)

The course offers an introduction into some classic problems of epistemology which form the subject of lively discussion also in contemporary philosophy. We shall start with the question of what is necessary and sufficient for knowledge, the Gettier problem and its consequences. Next we look into theories of justification, and discuss the merits and shortcomings of foundationalism and reliabilism. Next we will consider various sceptical arguments against the possibility of knowledge, and investigate some responses to the sceptical arguments. In the rest of the course, we study the nature of different froms of knowledge: a priori knowledge, perceptual knowledge. Self-knowledge and memory. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of contemporary epistemological research. The course will offer a suitable basis for taking an advanced graduate class in epistemology.