- Philosophy 3020
- Room: 241 Himes
Time: 1:40-3:00; T, Th
- Exam time: Monday, May 8, 5:30-7:30
- Instructor: Jon Cogburn
Instructor's Office: 312 Coates
Instructor's Office Hours: F 2:30-4:30
- Instructor's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course's Purpose:
- The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student
with those key issues in epistemology which (in the instructor's
opinion) should be a part of every philosopher's cultural baggage,
as well as to provide the student with the tools to continue
her own research.
- All of the course readings are from the following sources.
Stephen Cade Hetherington, Knowledge Puzzles: An Introduction
to Epistemology (Westview, 1996).
- Paul K. Moser and Arnold vander Nat, Human Knowledge:
Classical and Contemporary Approaches: Third Edition (Oxford
University Press, 2003).
- The final grade is a function of a take-home midterm exam
(40%), and a take-home final exam (60%). Excellent class participation
will result in possible bonus of up to 10%.
- Take-home exams are not collaborative! Any pooling of cognitive
resources, even to the extent of discussing the content of the
exams with one another will be considered academic dishonesty.
(The instructor realizes this is draconian, but any other policy
results in an unfortunate sorites series.)
- All papers must fulfill a number of formatting requirements:
(1) They must have one inch margins, (2) they must be typed in
12 point Times or 12 point Times-Roman font, (3) page numbers
must be centered at the bottom of the page, (4) papers must be
double spaced (with the exception of lengthy passages (longer
than two lines worth) of cited material which is one and a half
spaced and indented on both sides), (5) papers must be printed
out with either an ink jet or laser printer, (6) papers must
be stapled together (do not use binders or folders of any sort),
and (7) student's name, the date, and the time her course meets
must be at the top right hand corner of the first page.
No deviation from these requirements are accepted. The
instructor would vastly prefer papers to be justified on both
right and left sides. However if you are using a printer in one
of the LSU computer labs, such justification sometimes results
in spaces between letters. If this is the case, justify left
- Office Hour Policy:
- Students are strongly recommended to make use of the instructor's
office hours throughout the semester.
- Tentative Schedule:
- Note: This schedule is only tentative. Any changes
will be announced in class, and then updated here on the site.
- Week 1
- Tuesday, Jan. 17
- Thursday, Jan. 19
- KP ch. 1, introducing epistemology.
- KP ch. 2, truth.
- Week 2
- Tuesday, Jan. 24
- KP ch. 3, belief.
- KP ch. 4, justification.
- Thursday, Jan. 26
KP ch. 5, the gettier problem.
- HK essay 20, Edmund Gettier, "Is Justified True Belief
- Week 3
- Tuesday, Jan. 31
HK essay 21, Richard Feldman, "An Alleged Defect in Gettier
- HK essay 22, John Pollock, "The Gettier Problem."
- Thursday, Feb. 2
- KP ch. 6, surface reliability.
- KP ch. 7, underlying reliability.
- Week 4
- Tuesday, Feb. 7
KP ch. 8, causality.
- Thursday, Feb. 9
KP ch. 9, defeasibility.
- KP ch. 10, social defeasiblity.
- Week 5
- Tuesday, Feb. 14
KP ch. 11, false evidence.
- KP ch. 12, induction.
- Thursday, Feb. 16
KP ch. 13, a priori knowledge.
- Week 6
- Tuesday, Feb. 21
HK essay 23, Clarence Irving Lewis, "A Pragmatic Conception
of the A Priori."
- HK essay 24, Roderick Chisholm, "The Truths of Reason."
- Thursday, Feb. 23
- HK essay 25, Saul A. Kripke, "A Priori Knowledge, Necessity,
- Week 7
- Tuesday, Feb. 27 Mardis
Gras Holiday--No class
- Thursday, Mar. 2
- KP ch. 14, externalism.
- KP ch. 15, internalism.
- Week 8
- march 6-11: midsemester exams period
- Tuesday, Mar. 7
- KP ch. 16, vagueness.
- Thursday, Mar. 9
- KP ch. 17, fallibilisim.
- Week 9
- Tuesday, Mar. 14
march 14: mid-semester grades due at noon
- Thursday, Mar. 17
KP ch. 18, infallibility skepticism.
- KP ch. 19, external world skepticism.
- Week 10
- Tuesday, March 21 Instructor
Presenting at University of Central Oklahoma--No class
- Thursday, March 23 Instructor Presenting at University
of Central Oklahoma--No class
- Week 11
- Tuesday, March 28
- KP ch. 20, inductive skepticism.
- KP ch. 21, rule skepticism.
- Thursday, March 30
- KP ch. 22, regress skepticism.
- HK essay 33, P.F. Strawson, "Skepticism, Naturalism,
and Transcendental Arguments."
- Week 12
- Tuesday, Apr. 4
HK essay 34, Ernest Sosa, "Philosophical Scepticism and
- HK essay 35, Barry Stroud, "Scepticism, 'Externalism',
and the Goal of Epistemology."
- Thursday, Apr. 6
HK essay 26, William P. Alston, "Concepts of Epistemic Justification."
- Week 13
- Tuesday, Apr. 11 Spring
- Thursday, Apr. 13 Spring Break--No class
- Week 14
- Tuesday, Apr. 18
KP ch. 23, foundationalism.
- KP ch. 25, coherentism.
- Thursday, Apr. 20
- HK essay 27, Ernest Sosa, "The Raft and the Pyramid:
Cohernece versus Foundations in the Thoery of Knowledge."
- Week 15
- Tuesday, Apr. 25
KP ch. 24, contextualism.
- HK essay 28, David B. Amis, "A Contextualist Theory
of Epistemic Justification."
- Thursday, Apr. 27 Instructor Presenting at Central
Division APA--No class
- Week 16
- Tuesday, May 2
HK essay 29, Richard Feldman and Earl Conee, "Evidentialism."
- Thursday, May 4
- KP ch. 26, pyrrhonian skepticism.
- KP ch. 27, questioning epistemology.
- HK essay 30, Stephen Stich, "Reflective Equilibrium,
Analytic Epistemology, and the Problem of Cognitive Diversity."
- Week 17--Final Exam Period
- Monday, May 8, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Tuesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 10
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13