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PHL302 Theory of Knowledge

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Theory of knowledge, known as “epistemology,” is a fundamental and endur­ingly significant branch of philosophy. Despite many historical transformations (some of which will be examined), it has had stable aims, among which are the definition of knowledge, the distinction between knowledge and belief, the methodologies and procedure by which knowledge is acquired, and how to deal with skepticism. These issues will be raised and explored with reference to both ancient and modern texts.