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Topics in Contemporary Epistemology (PHIL40018)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelHonours
Subject codePHIL40018
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will explore selected topics in contemporary epistemology. We will focus on a specific topic or set of related topics in epistemology, and examine contemporary research on this topic. Sometimes a historical dimension may enter the subject where it is important to ground the topic in the work of an important historical figure (e.g. Descartes, Moore, Sellars, Wittgenstein). Specific topics may vary from year to year. They may include such topics as certainty, scepticism, relativism, the nature of epistemic warrant or justification, the epistemic role of perception, externalist, contextualist and naturalist accounts of justification and/or knowledge and the nature of a priori knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • acquire in-depth knowledge of important topics in contemporary epistemology;
  • have the ability to engage on a critical basis with current research in epistemology;
  • have an advanced understanding of epistemology.

Last updated: 27 April 2017