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PHIL 240 Introduction to Epistemology

Topics in epistemology such as skepticism, truth, justification, a priori and a posteriori knowledge. Readings from classic and contemporary texts.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 240 001Web-Oriented Course1 Mon Wed12:0013:00

Introduction to Epistemology is a cross-cultural exploration of philosophical issues about the nature of knowledge and evidence (epistemology). Drawing from both contemporary and Classical South Asian sources, we will examine questions such as: What makes knowledge trustworthy? How is knowledge different from mere opinion? What is the relationship between knowledge and action? How can you tell that you're not dreaming as you read this, or that you're not currently in a computer simulation? How do we communicate knowledge to others? Does diversity help a group make better decisions? Course evaluation will be determined by a combination of essays and in-class exercises. Students registered in this section must also register in a discussion section (L01, L02, L04, or L05).

COVID-19 notice: We will have synchronous lectures that will be recorded and available on Canvas. You must register for a discussion section, and you will have synchronous peer exercises during these sessions. We will work with individual students who are not able to attend.

PHIL 240 L01Discussion1 Fri11:0012:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 240 001.

COVID-19 notice: Students will have synchronous peer exercises during discussion sections. Instructors will work with individual students who are unable to attend their scheduled discussion section.

PHIL 240 L02Discussion1 Fri12:0013:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 240 001.

COVID-19 notice: Students will have synchronous peer exercises during discussion sections. Instructors will work with individual students who are unable to attend their scheduled discussion section.

CancelledPHIL 240 L03Discussion1

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 240 001.

COVID-19 notice: Students will have synchronous peer exercises during discussion sections. Instructors will work with individual students who are unable to attend their scheduled discussion section.

PHIL 240 L04Discussion1 Thu12:0013:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 240 001.

COVID-19 notice: Students will have synchronous peer exercises during discussion sections. Instructors will work with individual students who are unable to attend their scheduled discussion section.

PHIL 240 L05Discussion1 Thu13:0014:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 240 001.

COVID-19 notice: Students will have synchronous peer exercises during discussion sections. Instructors will work with individual students who are unable to attend their scheduled discussion section.

PHIL 240 002Web-Oriented Course2 Mon Wed Fri10:0011:00
PHIL 240 003Web-Oriented Course2 Mon Wed15:0016:00

This course has mandatory discussion sections. Students must also register in one of the following sections: D01, D02, D03, D04, or D05.

We will have synchronous lectures (M W) that will be recorded and available on Canvas. You must also register for a discussion section, and you will have synchronous peer exercises during these sessions. I will work with individual students that are not able to attend.

PHIL 240 D01Discussion2 Fri13:0014:00
PHIL 240 D02Discussion2 Thu13:0014:00
PHIL 240 D03Discussion2 Fri11:0012:00
PHIL 240 D04Discussion2 Fri10:0011:00
PHIL 240 D05Discussion2 Thu12:0013:00