Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge
In this course we will consider how philosophers approach the following questions: What do we know, how do we know it, and what is knowledge? What's so great about it? Wouldn't passionate belief do just as well? What is the correct understanding or analysis of knowledge? Does knowledge demand particular internal states of mind accessible to us, or does it depend only on our relationship to the external world? Is knowledge based on a rock-like foundation, or is it more of an ethereal web of belief? What are the sources of knowledge, and can it be justified? How? What kinds of knowledge are there, and are there alternative or incommensurable ways of knowing?