Postgraduate Course: Scepticism MSc (PHIL11117)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to philosophical scepticism. Topics may include: the history of scepticism in Ancient and Modern philosophy, sceptical arguments in contemporary epistemology, anti-sceptical strategies (idealism, pragmatism, Mooreanism, reliabilism, contextualism), the problem of induction, scepticism about testimony, and practical consequences of scepticism.
Scepticism MSc is shared with the undergraduate version Scepticism (PHIL10139).
Formative assessment and feedback:
- opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- individual meetings with course organiser
Students who complete Scepticism MSc, along with Epistemology 2, satisfy the requirements for the epistemology specialization for the MSc in Philosophy (taught).
For more information on the MSc in Philosophy (taught):
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment: one 2,500-word essay.
Assignment deadline: Monday 20th April 2015 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Tuesday 12th May 2015
|No Exam Information
| Upon successful completion of the course, students will (i) be familiar with central arguments for and against philosophical scepticism, (ii) Understand the role that scepticism plays in contemporary epistemological theorising, (iii) be able to reason clearly and critically about sceptical arguments and antisceptical positions, and (iv) be able to interpret both historical and contemporary philosophical texts.
|Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism|
Michael Frede, "The Sceptic's Beliefs"
Myles Burnyeat, "Can the Sceptic Live his Scepticism?"
Jonathan Barnes, "The Beliefs of a Pyrrhonist?"
Roderick Chisholm, "The Myth of the Given"
Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
Susan Haazk, "A Foundherentist Theory of Empirical Justification"
BonJour, "Can Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?"
Ernest Sosa, "The Raft and the Pyramid"
Barry Stroud, The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism
G.E. Moore, "Four Forms of Scepticism"
Ernest Sosa, "How to Defeat Opposition to Moore"
Robert Nozick, "Knowledge and Skepticism"
Fred Dretske, "Epistemic Operators"
Linda Zagzebski, "Recovering Understanding"
Allan Hazlett, A Critical Introduction to Skepticism
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will demonstrate the following transferable skills:
- evaluating abstract theoretical claims.
- grasping and analysing complex arguments.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Lectures are delivered by Dr Allan Hazlett
|Course organiser||Dr Allan Hazlett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3654
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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