Postgraduate Course: Epistemology (Online) (PHIL11131)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course examines the nature of human knowledge and cognition. This area is called 'epistemology' and it is among the classic and continuously prominent sub-fields of philosophy. No previous philosophical or logical expertise is required. Any technical / unfamiliar terms will be defined as we go.
The course will start in teaching week 2.
The course covers a range of core topics in epistemology, such as (inexhaustive list): the analysis of knowledge; scepticism; the structure of justification; externalism and internalism about knowledge and justification; feminism and epistemology; contextualism; relativism; knowledge-first epistemology; the norm of assertion; epistemological methodology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be assessed by a 2500 word essay at the end of the semester (85%) and successful participation in the on-line activities associated with the course. How the participation component will be assessed will be made clear to the students at the start of the course.
Essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Articulate central issues, views and concepts in epistemology
- Critically analyze and engage with the contemporary epistemological literature.
- Present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom and in a 2,500-word essay.
- Gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation.
- Critically discuss philosophical arguments with peers.
|Available through Talis aspire|
Indicative reading list:
Gettier, Edmund (1963). Is Justified True Belief Knowledge? Analysis 23(6):121-123. Online: http://philpapers.org/rec/GETIJT-4
Descartes, Rene (1641). The First Meditation from Meditations on First Philosophy.
Klein, Peter. 2001: Skepticism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Online: http://plato.Stanford.edu/entries/skepticism/
Williams, Michael. 2001: Skepticism. The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology (eds. Sosa and Kim), pp. 35-69.
Goldman, Alvin I. (1979). What is Justified Belief? In Ernest Sosa & Jaegwon Kim (eds.),
Graham, Peter J. (2012). Epistemic Entitlement. Noûs 46 (3):449-482. Online: http://philpapers.org/rec/GRAEE
Rysiew, Patrick (2009): Epistemic Contextualism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta. Spring 2009 edn. Online: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/contextualism-epistemology/
Rysiew, Patrick. (2001). The context-sensitivity of knowledge attributions. Noûs, 35 (4): 477-514.
Nagel, Jennifer (2010). Knowledge ascriptions and the psychological consequences of thinking about error. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):286-306.
Nagel, Jennifer. Forthcoming. 'Intuitions and Experiments: A Defense of the Case Method in Epistemology', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research:
Preliminary reading is available on Learn course page.
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Priority for this course will be given to online MSc/Dip/Cert Epistemology, Ethics and Mind students.
The course will be taught by Stephen Ryan.
|Course organiser|| Stephen Ryan
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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