PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
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:

What exists? We'll start by asking what at root might make one answer better to believe than another. We'll think about how a bunch of candidate aims of belief balance against one another: truth, reliability, knowledge, certainty, rational justification, proof, theoretical fertility, practical usefulness, aesthetic pleasantness, ethical goodness, etc. For example, if you had to choose, should you prefer true beliefs or useful ones? Can we prove, or at least rationally believe any method of reasoning to lead to true or useful befiefs, infallibly or at least better than the alternatives?

Next, we apply our best epistemological methods to answer what general kinds of things exist: only current inner experiences, or also experienced physical objects, theoretically posited physical objects, laws of nature, other minds, spiritual realms, moral facts, abstract objects, past and future events, alternate possible universes, etc.?

And ultimately, we'll ask: why is there anything, at all, rather than nothing?

PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
33259
Open
11
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
33261
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
33263
Open
7
1PHIL Ugrd
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
33265
Open
4
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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