Fall 2021 - PHIL 201 D100
Class Number: 7447
Delivery Method: Remote
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 is an introduction to the theory of knowledge (epistemology) for students contemplating a major (or minor) in philosophy. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of some of the main problems of epistemology, starting with the classical issues of skepticism about the external world and the nature of knowledge. The central issue is relatively easy to frame: if knowledge is justified true belief, as it is traditionally characterized, can we ever have knowledge about the world around us (or anything else, for that matter)? We will look at some major responses to skepticism, as well as challenges to the traditional characterization in the first part of this course.
The second part will explore some recent developments in epistemology, and issues that arise when we abandon the traditional individualistic stance and its focus on the skeptical challenge. These include the connection between epistemology and ethics, the nature of significance of disagreement, the epistemic value of testimony, feminist epistemology, etc.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Midterm 20%
- Paper: 5-6 pages 40%
- Take-home final exam (due date tbd) 40%
Course delivery: remote, synchronous. Online presence is required during scheduled lecture time.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
In order to complete this course, students must have access to a computer or other internet accessing device that permits streaming video, word processing and teleconferencing with Zoom.
All readings will be supplied on Canvas.
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
New elective grade policy : P/CR/NC, pilot project for Spring/Summer/Fall 2021. List of exclusions for the new policy. Specifically for Philosophy:
- Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any requirement for a major, joint major, honours, or minor in Philosophy (with the exception of Honours tutorials).
- Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any prerequisite requirement for any PHIL course.
- Students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any requirement for the Ethics Certificate, or the Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate.
- Philosophy Majors and Honours students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any WQB requirement.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place. Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.