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Unit information: Epistemology in 2014/15

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Unit name Epistemology
Unit code PHIL20009
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Okasha
Open unit status Not open

PHIL10005 Introduction to Philosophy A, PHIL10006 Introduction to Philosophy B.



School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit begins with the attempts of philosophers to provide an analysis of the concept of knowledge, discussing the 'trust justified belief' formula, Gettier- style counterexamples to that formula, causal and reliabilist theories, and Nozick's conditional theory. It then moves on to the nature of belief and justification, leading to a discussion of foundationalist versus coherentist models of knowledge. The course concludes with a survey of various sources of knowledge such as the a priori, perception, and induction, and of the extent and degree of certainty of the types of knowledge that each makes possible. The threat of the sceptic poses an ever-present challenge.