Course ObjectiveUpon succesful completion of the course the student will
(1) be familiar with thecentral concepts and theories in social
(2) be able to point out in considerable detail a number of ways in
which knowledge, and the practice of knowledge acquisition, is social in
(2) have formed an informed view as to how to evaluate the epistemic
value of such open sources as Wikipedia
(3) have formed an informed view as to the epistemic properties of
Course ContentEpistemology is traditionally focussed on the individual knower. Over
the last two decades or so, epistemologists have started to focus on the
social dimensions of knowing. This course is about these social
dimensions of knowing.
Upon succeful completion of the course, the student will (1) have
studied a number of key texts in social epistemology, and familiarized
him/herself with a number of key players in the field, (2) have
identified areas of interest for future research.
Themes and topics covered in the course include: (1) group knowledge,
(2) the nature and role of testimony in the acquisition and social
spread of knowledge, (3) the technology and economics of communication,
(4) speech regulation, (5) science as a social endeavor, (6) the law as
a social epistemic practice, (7) education as a social epistemic
practice, (8) peer disagreement.
Teaching MethodsThe course includes lectures, student presentations, and discussions.
Method of AssessmentStudents write three smaller writing assignments, and a final paper.
* Alvin Goldman, Knowledge in a Social World. (Oxford University Press,
1999) ISBN 0-19-823820-7
* Alvin Goldman & Dennis Whitcomb (eds.), Social Epistemology. Essential
Readings. (Oxford University Press) ISBN 978-0-19-533461-6
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg|
|Examiner||prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg|
prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg
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