Knowledge, Individuals and Society
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Research, critically analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument, whilst locating them in their historical and cultural context of production.
- Employ rigorous and systematic methods in the resolution of complex philosophical problems.
- Work collaboratively towards the formulation of a shared position in relation to the defensibility of a philosophical idea, claim or argument.
- Write articulate, focused and well-structured essays in support of a philosophical claim.
- • The nature and value of knowledge.
- • Pascal's Wager and practical reasons for belief.
- • Experimental epistemology.
- • Voting and the wisdom of the crowds.
- • Issues in legal reasoning.
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Think of all the different beliefs you hold about various matters. How many of these, if any, constitute genuine knowledge rather than mere opinion? What does this distinction amount to and why is it important? To what extent do the standards for what counts as knowledge depend on context? Can you know something without knowing that you know it? What makes a belief justified or reasonable? Is it ever reasonable to hold a belief if you have no evidence to support it? What is the value of knowledge in our individual lives and in society? These are some of the central questions in epistemology-- the philosophical study of the nature, extent, and value, of knowledge and justified belief. In this course we will explore these and related questions using both historical and contemporary sources. Epistemological questions crop up absolutely everywhere--i n science, the humanities, politics, religion, and everyday life--and this course will give you the tools to tackle such questions wherever you find them.
- Essay (1,200 words) (40%)
- Essay (2,000 words) (50%)
- Online Forum Contributions: x 10 short written responses of at least 120 word contributions (1,200 words in total) (10%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.