PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Section: 001 A Priori Knowledge
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Enforced Prerequisites:
Philosophy concentrators only.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A discussion of selected topics of contemporary philosophical interest within a seminar format. Students write papers for presentation and discussion in class. We will consider some of the main controversies surrounding a priori knowledge (often defined as knowledge which is independent of empirical evidence).

Topics to be addressed include:

  1. how to define a priori knowledge and/or justification
  2. whether there is any a priori knowledge
  3. what the best theories are of how such knowledge might be possible and
  4. whether the a priori/a posteriori distinction is an interesting one to draw at all.

We shall consider a wide range of classic and current views, drawing on ideas from the work of Plato, Mill, Ayer, Carnap, C. I. Lewis, Quine, Kripke, BonJour, Boghossian, Peacocke, Field, Williamson and Hawthorne, among others. During the course we shall consider research that is currently being done at the cutting edge of this key area of epistemology.

PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23122
Open
1
3PHIL Ugrd
-
Tu 9:30AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
12740
Open
10
11PHIL Ugrd
-
W 9:30AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
P
28618
Open
3
3PHIL Ugrd
-
M 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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