KNOWLEDGE, RATIONALITY AND A PRIORI
(KNOWLEDGE, RATIONALITY AND A PRIORI)

The course addresses three closely related sets of issues. The first, and introductory set: what is the typical motivation for achieving knowledge in general, and philosophical knowledge in particular? Second, what is the role of rationality in achieving it, and in particular the role of rationality in achieving philosophical knowledge. Third, if thought experiments are central for philosophical method, what is their status? In particular, what is the epistemic status of the resulting intuitions (and subsequently theories): are they a priori or a posteriori?