PHIL 477 - Theory of Knowledge
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 345 or 383.
May not be repeated for credit.
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  • Why are truth, justification, knowledge, and certainty valuable, if they are?
  • How can you search for truth in a rationally responsible way?
  • How can you even start out? Do you have a priori knowledge — or a priori reasons for beliefs — about logic, or necessary truths and falsehoods, or definitions, or your own mind? And how can you proceed?
  • Are there any basic methodological principles (e.g., choosing more probable, simpler, more explanatory, or more familiar beliefs over their competitors) that can be defended in a purely epistemic way (as guides to the truth), or are they all merely pragmatic at root (e.g., easy, pleasant, elegant)?
  • How should the various principles be elaborated and weighed against one another?
  • Can any of this persuade various philosophical skeptics? Can any of this help guide real ongoing research?
  • Can any of this apply to searches for evaluative (e.g., ethical) truth?

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PHIL 477 - Theory of Knowledge
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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