An introduction to some major problems of epistemology, with emphasis on the understanding and evaluation of the problems, rather than on learning what various philosophers have said about them. The course treats such questions as the nature and scope of knowledge; the sources of knowledge in perception, memory, and reasoning; the nature of evidence and its relation to knowledge; the possibility of knowledge of the mental lives of others; the nature and justification of inductive reasoning; and the concept of causality and its relation to explanation.
Prerequisite: All 300-level philosophy courses have a prerequisite of 3 hours of philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
Frequency: Philosophy 301 is usually offered either in the fall or in the spring semester.
Achievement-Centered Education (ACE): Philosophy 301 fulfills Student Learning Outcome 5.
Comprehensive Education Program: Philosophy 301 meets the Humanities ES requirement, and is also an IS course.