This unit examines excerpts from major philosophical texts in order to discuss some of the significant issues of epistemology, language, interpretation, and philosophy of science. Questions considered may include some or all of the following: What is knowledge? Does knowledge come from our senses, or from reason? What is the status of scientific and historical knowledge? What is the relation between thought and reality? What is the relationship between reality, our language, and our knowledge? (This unit may be offered in intensive mode.)
Critically explore and reflect on their own acts of thinking.
Explain the main epistemological issues in the Western philosophical tradition.
Expound the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers presented in the unit and appraise their key positions.
Critically compare the philosophies of language presented in the unit.
Reflect on philosophical debates about the status of scientific and historical knowledge.
36 points of philosophy at second level
Lectures and discussion of readings
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2-hour written examination
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-07-23 09:43:20 +1000