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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science (NCHPH513)

30 Credits

This course investigates questions about knowledge and the justification of beliefs, both generally and in the particular setting of the sciences.

What relations must our beliefs have to the world, and to each other, in order to count as knowledge? We discuss approaches ranging from those shaped by the Cartesian pursuit of individual certainty through first-personal reasoning to those which treat the topics in more naturalistic and/or social terms. Sense-perception and testimony are among the areas investigated.

In connection with the sciences, we examine the problems of induction, questions about theory-laden observation, and a variety of more specific methodological questions.