Fall 2023 - PHIL 201 D100
Class Number: 5744
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 17, 2023
Sun, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Office: WMC 5607
Prerequisites:One of PHIL 100, 100W, 120, 120W, 121, 144, 150, 151, 300, or COGS 100.
A critical overview of recent accounts of the nature and scope of human knowledge and of justified or rational belief, and of philosophical issues that these accounts are intended to address. Students who have taken PHIL 301 cannot take this course for further credit.
This course is an introduction to the core philosophical area known as epistemology: the study of knowledge and related concepts. We will explore recent attempts to answer questions like: What is knowledge? What distinguishes knowledge from belief? Are there things we can't know? Does context affect what counts as knowledge? What's the role of knowledge in science? What can cognitive science tell us about knowledge? How is knowledge communicated between individuals? Do social values shape our conception of knowledge?
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Weekly in-class reading responses 40%
- Three homework assignments (10% each) 30%
- Final exam 30%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Required text: Goldman, A. I., & McGrath, M. (2015). Epistemology: A contemporary introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199981120, 0199981124
All additional readings and course materials will be made available on Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org More details on our website: SFU Philosophy
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