PHIL-500 Epistemology Proseminar
Fall for 2017-2018
This class serves as the departmental proseminar in epistemology. We will briefly survey some of the classic, debate-setting articles of twentieth century epistemology and then focus on three sets of questions that are of especially vibrant contemporary interest: 1.What is justification? Are justifications value-dependent? 2. What epistemic difference does it make who is doing the knowing and who is doing the reporting? How do the social position, interests, and identity of epistemic agents affect their objectivity, access to knowledge, and credibility? 3. What is the epistemic structure of ignorance? How is ignorance constructed and maintained? How is it epistemically harmful, and can it ever be epistemically valuable?
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Philosophy or permission of the instructor
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