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15 Credits

Epistemology investigates the nature of knowledge and justification as well as a number of related topics such as truth, rationality and coherence. Students will study theories that seek to understand the relation between perception and belief. Moreover, they will examine the conditions under which a token belief is justified and the conditions under which a token belief counts as knowledge. They will deliberate on the issue whether justification requires cognitive awareness of the reasons for endorsing a given belief. Additionally, they will consider what, if anything, can be said to defeat the sceptic.

Members of the NCH Philosophy faculty who have a special interest in the debates related to Epistemology include Dr Brian Ball, Professor AC Grayling, and Dr Ioannis Votsis.