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GEB2112/PHI2112 Theory of Knowledge: Home

Course Description

This course explores the nature, possibility, source, structure, and value of knowledge (and of justified belief). We discuss a number of theories, such as internalism, externalism, contextualism, pragmatism, etc. The course helps students to form their own views on issues relating to knowledge and justify their views in a philosophically informed way.

Recommended Books

Contemporary Debates in Epistemology

The target audience of this book includes scholars working in this field, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students. In each one of the chapters, essays that support both sides of the debate topic are presented. The topics include Should Knowledge Come First, Is Knowledge Closed under Known Entailment, Is Knowledge Contextual, Do Practical Matters Affect Whether You Know, Can Skepticism Be Refuted, Are Intellectually Virtuous Motives Essential to Knowledge, Can Knowledge Be Lucky, Is There a Priori Knowledge, Is There Immediate Justification, Can Belief Be Justified Through Coherence Alone, Is Infinitism the Solution to the Regress Problem, Can Evidence Be Permissive, Is Justification Internal, Is Truth the Primary Epistemic Goal.

Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

This book is written for general readers with no special background in philosophy, but for students it is most appropriately studied after completing at least one more general course in philosophy. There are 14 chapters divided into 3 parts in this book. Part I introduces the genesis of justification and knowledge, including topics such as perception, memory, consciousness, reason, and testimony. Part II introduces the development and structure of justification and knowledge, including Inference and the extension of knowledge, and the architecture of knowledge. Part III discusses the nature and scope of justification and knowledge, especially touching on the topic of skepticism.

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