PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
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, we will look at issues surrounding the nature of knowledge and the threat of scepticism. We will discuss a range of views about what knowledge is, and consider how worrying it is that everything would look exactly the same to us if we were brains in vats being fed detailed illusions. We will also look at epistemological contextualism: that’s the view that our word ‘knowledge’ picks out significantly different things in different contexts of use. In metaphysics, we will discuss issues surrounding the nature of causation and explanation. It turns out to be surprisingly hard to pin down exactly what causation and explanation are, and how they are related. We shall assess a range of competing views on these questions. As for the connections between epistemology and metaphysics, we will consider how causal and explanatory notions have been put to work in accounts of knowledge, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of causal and explanationist epistemological theories. In particular, we will look at possible connections between contextualism about knowledge and contextualism about explanation.

PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23116
Open
10
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
23117
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
23118
Open
5
3PHIL Ugrd
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Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
23119
Open
1
1PHIL Ugrd
-
Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
27609
Open
2
2PHIL Ugrd
-
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
27610
Open
3
1PHIL Ugrd
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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