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PHI 411 Epistemology 4cr

There is a set of epistemological issues that constantly reappear in the history of Western philosophy. These include what sort of knowledge is given by the senses, whether one can ever have knowledge of a world beyond direct apprehension, the role of reason in providing knowledge, the very nature of knowledge and of belief, the connection of these to truth, and the nature of truth. The first two-thirds of this course will explore the classical issues, mostly in the order in which they arose. The balance of the course will explore responses to these issues from outside the classical Western Canon, especially from pragmatists and feminist thinkers.
Triad: College Composition II or Philosophy/Religion
Prerequisite: one previous 300 level course or permission of the instructor.