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.

 

 

Course Content

Lessons Status
1

Introduction to Epistemology

2

Modern Approaches to Knowledge and Belief

3

Reason, Truth, and Being: Dialectical Foundations

4

Sense Perception: Sensation and Sensible Objects

5

Particular Knowledge: Inductive Reasoning and Probability

6

Understanding: Abstraction and Definition Available on: December 20, 2019 12:00 am

7

Judgment and Demonstration: Combining and Dividing Available on: December 27, 2019 12:00 am

8

Knowledge Properly Speaking: Reasoning and Scientia Available on: January 3, 2020 12:00 am

9

Rationalism and Empiricism Available on: January 10, 2020 12:00 am

10

Idealism Available on: January 17, 2020 12:00 am

11

Postmodernism, Scientism, and the New Paradigm Available on: January 24, 2020 12:00 am

12

Recovering Authentic Knowledge Available on: January 31, 2020 12:00 am