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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.)

Unit code: AP9230C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Self-critically analyse and evaluate their own thinking and reflect on it.

2.

Explain the main epistemological issues in the Western philosophical tradition.

3.

Critically expound and analyse the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit.

4.

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers presented in the unit and appraise their key positions.

5.

Critically expound and differentiate the philosophies of language presented in the unit.

6.

Reflect on philosophical debates about the status of scientific and historical knowledge.

7.

Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

One foundational unit of philosophy

Pedagogy

Lectures and discussion of readings

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alcoff, Linda Martin, ed. Epistemology: The Big Questions. Philosophy: The Big Questions. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Audi, Robert. Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, 2nd ed. Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Dancy, Jonathon, and Ernest Sosa, eds. A Companion to Epistemology. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992.
  • Descartes, Rene. Meditations on First Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  • Grondin, Jean. Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994.
  • Landesman, Charles. An Introduction to Epistemology. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.
  • Lemos, Noah. An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Musgrave, Alan. Common Sense, Science, and Scepticism: A Historical Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Norris, Christopher. On Truth and Meaning: Language, Logic and the Grounds of Belief. London: Continuum, 2006.
  • O’Brien, Dan. An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. Cambridge: Polity, 2006.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Skeleton Argument (e.g. Philosophy)

Variant 1 - 1000-word skeleton argument

One choice from two assessment variants will be nominated at the time of scheduling by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, published in the unit outline. Students may have topical choices within a given assessment variant, but are not able to make choices outside that set of assessments.

1000 10.0
Essay

Variant 1 - 4000-word essay

4000 50.0
Written Examination

Variant 1 - 2-hour written examination

2000 40.0

Variant 2

Skeleton Argument (e.g. Philosophy)

Variant 2 - 1000-word skeleton argument

One choice from two assessment variants will be nominated at the time of scheduling by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, published in the unit outline. Students may have topical choices within a given assessment variant, but are not able to make choices outside that set of assessments.

1000 10.0
Essay

Variant 2 - 6000-word essay

6000 90.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-07-23 17:45:00 +1000