Undergraduate Course: Scepticism (PHIL10139)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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| To develop further the philosophical skills, and to extend as well as deepen the philosophical knowledge, acquired in previous philosophy courses.
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Allan Hazlett
|Course secretary||Miss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733