PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Philosophy.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we will be concerned with issues in epistemology (that's the knowledge part) issues in metaphysics (that's the reality part), and the connections between them (that's the and part). In epistemology: To what extent does the possibility that we could be having subjectively indistinguishable experiences from the ones we're having if we were dreaming, in the Matrix, or brains in vats being systematically deceived by malevolent super-scientists, undermine our ordinary claims to knowledge? Everything would seem just the same to me if I were a handless brain in a vat – so do I really know that I have hands? What does it mean, exactly, to say that we know something, anyway? And why is knowledge the sort of thing that we should care about? In metaphysics, we'll be concerned primarily with issues about causation. It turns out to be surprisingly hard to say just what it is for one event to cause another, and we'll look at some candidate accounts.

PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
24769
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
24770
Open
1
1UGRD & GRD
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
24771
Closed
0
 
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Tu 11:30AM - 12:30PM
004 (DIS)
P
24772
Open
1
1UGRD & GRD
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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