Theory of Knowledge

PHIL 3265.001
TR 12:30
Friday 007

Fall 2003

Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is one of the core fields (along with logic and metaphysics) of modern philosophy, particulary analytic philosophy, the dominant form (rightly or wrongly) in the United States. Given the technical orientation of analytic philosophy, the study of the theory of knowledge is quite demanding. Ideally, students will have taken Introduction to Philosophy and Deductive Logic, as well as Modern Philosophy. Critical Thinking and Ancient Philosophy are also helpful. But the course is organized in such a way that good students will be able to master the material even if they do not have this background.

A greater obstacle for most students is the seeming irrelevance of the subject-matter. Students who need to know the relevance of the course work to their daily lives or non-philosophy career aspirations should think twice before enrolling. There is relevance, given the intellectual significance of the material, but it is neither direct nor always apparent. Epistemology is a "prior question" area of philosophy. It is, or so it is often thought, what one must study in order to understand that which one set out to study in the first place.


Course Description:

An introduction to epistemology that will focus on the concept, sources, justification and scope of knowledge. Emphasis will be given to contemporary discussion of the field. There will be two exams and a writing assignment.


Details about the course can be found in the online syllabus.

The instructor, Michael Eldridge, is available in Garringer 209 or at 704/687-3318; or you may email him:

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