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This subject deals with central questions of epistemology and some aspects of the relation between epistemology and metaphysics. The primary focus will be epistemological questions about the nature of knowledge and justified belief. In addition, we will explore questions of a metaphysical nature that have a bearing on epistemological concerns, such as the nature of truth and reality, and the relationship between knowledge, truth and reality. We will also consider meta-epistemological questions about the nature of epistemological inquiry, including recent work in experimental philosophy on the role of intuition in epistemology, as well as naturalistic challenges to conceptual analysis.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- have a sound general comprehension of the major recent advances in our philosophical understanding of the nature and structure of knowledge;
- display a familiarity with some of the key texts on which these advances are based;
- indicate an awareness of how the subject matter is related to broader concerns in contemporary philosophy;
- display acquaintance with some important past contributions to the discussion of those issues;
- have the abilty to explain in detail and critically discuss at least two important aspects of these recent advances.
Last updated: 5 June 2022