Epistemology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Epistemology

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The aims of the course are
    (1) to thoroughly familiarize the students with the basic concepts of epistemology
    (2) as well as with a number of classical theories in epistemology
    (3) to enable students to provide conceptual analyses of epistemic concepts
    (4) to enable the students to understand a number of key papers in epistemology

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course deals with the basics of contemporary epistemology. The following themas and topics will be covered:
    (1) how to give a conceptual analysis
    (2) the tripartite analysis of knowing
    (3) Gettier problems for the tripartite analysis
    (4) theories of justification
    (5) sources of knowledge
    (6) epistemic circularity
    (7) perception.

    TEACHING METHODS
    The format of the course is: lectures and discussion.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    * a number of smaller writing assignments
    * a final paper
    * a written open question examination.

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