Philosophy

Epistemology

Module code: V7061
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

Epistemology is a central philosophical area and pertains to issues concerned with knowledge and how we acquire it.

In this module, you concentrate on current issues in contemporary epistemology, though your studies are also informed by certain important historical debates and figures.

You address questions that may include:

  • what is knowledge?
  • is certain knowledge a genuine possibility?
  • what makes a belief justified?
  • is there such a thing as epistemic virtue?
  • what are the special problems surrounding inductive knowledge?
  • does one have special privileged access to knowledge about one's own mind?
  • how might perception best be characterised?

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a coherent and detailed understanding of key epistemological issues.
  • Analyse key arguments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary debates in the field.