PHIL3423Knowledge and Reality3 ch [W]

One of your main objectives as a student, is to learn–that is, to acquire knowledge. This is true whether you pursue knowledge for its own sake or for its “value” in terms of earning a university degree. But do you ever wonder whether knowledge is really worth pursuing? And if it is, what makes it valuable? And do you ever wonder whether it is even possible to know anything with certainty? In this course, we will explore these questions by focusing on three problems: the Gettier Problem, the Value Problem, and the Problem of Skepticism. Some readings will be drawn from classical sources (Plato and Descartes), but most will come from contemporary texts. Open to 2nd year students and above.