PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
One Philosophy course (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better).
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). Epistemology: We will discuss a range of views about what knowledge is. And we’ll consider skeptical problems. How worrying it is that everything would look exactly the same to us if we were brains in vats being fed detailed illusions? Everything would seem just the same to me if I were a handless brain in a vat — so do I really know that I have hands? Metaphysics: We’ll worry about things like causation, personal identity, free will, time—and about whether debates about topics like these really make sense.

Course Requirements:

two tests, two papers, two short papers

Intended Audience:

students who have taken at least on prior philosophy course

Class Format:

3hr of lecture with discussion per week.

PHIL 383 - Knowledge and Reality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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There will be a no-screens policy in this class. So it makes sense to get paper (rather than electronic) copies of these books. It is important to get the new/second edition of Riddles of Existence.
ISBN: 9780199661268
Knowledge A Very Short Introduction., Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr 2014
ISBN: 9781322191768
Riddles of Existence : a Guided Tour of Metaphysics: New Edition., Author: Conee, Earl., Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA 2014
ISBN: 9780199301089
A brief history of the philosophy of time, Author: Adrian Bardon., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2013
ISBN: 0190618698
What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy, Author: Maddy, Penelope,
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