PHIL 477 - Theory of Knowledge
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 345 or 383.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

  • 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 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 (ethical) truth?

PHIL 477 - Theory of Knowledge
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0199575614
Learning from words : testimony as a source of knowledge, Author: Jennifer Lackey., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0199230439
Knowledge and practical interests, Author: Jason Stanley., Publisher: Clarendon Press Paperback 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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