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This advanced course in epistemology focuses on the recent philosophical debate on scepticism. We will single out prominent forms of scepticism and explore attempts to respond to them. The emphasis will be on external world scepticism and responses to it. The course doesn't aim to reject scepticism. Its function is rather that of illuminating and critically discussing problems affecting our most basic theses, notions and intuitions in epistemology through the analysis of sceptical arguments. Download Course Guide
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The course will focus on the debate on epistemological scepticism, will single out the principal types of scepticism emerged in contemporary philosophy and will explore important attempts to respond to them. The emphasis will be on global scepticism (or scepticism about the external world) and esponses to it. The latter will include positions based on relevant alternatives, rejection of epistemic closure, appeal to phenomenal dogmatism and entitlement theory, appeal to epistemology of modality and transcendental arguments.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: One essay of 2000 words (50%) and one 2 hour written exam (50%)
Resit: 2 hour written exam (100%)
There are no assessments for this course.