Epistemology

University of South Alabama, Department of Philosophy, Fall 2012

Syllabus | Schedule | Professor

Course Schedule

We will be following our main text closely throughout the term. However, our pace will be determined in part by my evaluations of student progress (through homeworks, class discussions, and such). Thus, the schedule below should be thought of as tentative, subject to many many changes throughout the semester. Make sure you visit this page regularly in order to keep track of the reading and homework assignments. Below, in the right column, I list your assigned reading for the week, then supplementary material, then any homework, review sessions, exams, and the like.

 

Week 1 (Aug 21,23)

Course Introduction, Skepticism

Stroud, "The Problem of the External World"
First summary due on Stroud (Written Assignments are due in my email inbox before the class)

Week 2 (Aug 28,30)

Skepticism

Moore, "Proof of an External World," "Four Forms of Skepticism," & "Certainty"
Summary on the Moore readings

Week 3 (Sept 4,6)

Skepticism

Klein, "How A Pyrrhonian Skeptic Might Respond to Academic Skepticism" and Bostrom "Are you living in a computer simulation?"
Summary on Klein's discussion of the Agrippan Trilemma

Week 4 (Sept 11,13)

Skepticism & Knowledge: Its Structure

Williams, "Epistemological Realism,"
Summary TBA

Week 5 (Sept 18,20)

Knowledge: Its Structure

Chisholm, "The Myth of the Given" and Sellars, "Does Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?"
Summary TBA

Week 6 (Sept 25,27)

Knowledge: Its Structure

Sellars,"Does Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?" and Sellars, "Epistemic Principles",
Summary TBA

Week 7 (Oct 2,4)

Knowledge: Its Structure

BonJour, "Can Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation?" and Haack, "A Foundherentist Theory of Empirical Justification"

Week 8 (Oct 11)

Knowledge: Its Structure

Klein, "Human Knowledge and the Infinite Regress of Reasons"

Summary TBA

Week 9 (Oct 16,18)

NO CLASS; ORAL MIDTERM EXAMS

Gettier, Is Justified True Belief knowledge, Harman, Thought (Selections) and Zagzebski, The Inescapability of Gettier Problems
Summary TBA

Week 10 (Oct 23,25)

Knowledge: The Gettier Problem

Williamson, A State of Mind and Lycan, The Gettier Problem Problem
Summary TBA

Week 11 (Oct 30, Nov 1)

Knowledge: The state of the field

Williamson, Knowledge as Evidence (Mind, 1997) & selections from KAIL
Summary TBA

Week 12 (Nov 6, 8)

Knowledge: Naturalism

Quine, Epistemology Naturalized & Kim, What is ‘Naturalized Epistemology?’
Summary TBA

Week 13 (Nov 13,15)

Knowledge: Naturalism

Antony, Quine as Feminists & Putnam, There is at least one a priori truth
Summary TBA

Week 14 (Nov 20)

Knowledge: Naturalism

Casullo, Revisability, reliabilism, and A Priori Knowledge
Summary TBA

Week 15 (Nov 27,29)

Knowledge: Naturalism

Bealer, A Priori Knowledge and the Scope of Philosophy & Weinberg, et. al, Normativity and Epistemic Intuitions
Summary TBA

Week 16 (Dec 4,6)

Exam Review

Kornblith, Investigating Knowledge Itself
Summary TBA

Final Exam (Dec 13, Thursday 1-3pm)

FINALS WEEK

Final exam