Epistemology is the philosophical study of truth, reason, and knowledge. Epistemology involves reasons reflective discovery of its own procedures in coming to understand and affirm the truth. In this course students will be introduced to the classical interpretation of the knowing process along with alternative approaches that distort and subvert the life of the intellect. Students in this course will be equipped to:
- demonstrate familiarity with the major epistemological theories including skepticism, relativism, idealism, realism, and pragmatism.
- define the core ideas of classical epistemology including the law of non-contradiction, truth, reason, science, and sense realism
- demonstrate the reliability of reason and the error of skepticism, relativism, and idealism.
- identify and critique key epistemological ideas that continue to impact contemporary culture.