Course Objective

The aims of the course are
(1) to thoroughly familiarize the students with the basic concepts of
(2) as well as with a number of classical theories in epistemology
(3) to enable students to provide conceptual analyses of epistemic
(4) to enable the students to understand a number of key papers in

Course Content

This course deals with the basics of contemporary epistemology. The
following themas and topics will be covered:
(1) how to give a conceptual analysis
(2) the tripartite analysis of knowing
(3) Gettier problems for the tripartite analysis
(4) theories of justification
(5) sources of knowledge
(6) epistemic circularity
(7) perception.

Teaching Methods

The format of the course is: lectures and discussion.

Method of Assessment

* a number of smaller writing assignments
* a final paper
* a written open question examination.


• Noah Lemos, An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, Cambridge:
CUP, 2007. ISBN
• Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd Edition. Edited by Ernest Sosa,
Jaegwon Kim, Jeremy Fantl, Matthew McGrath. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell,
2008. ISBN 978-1-4051-6966-0

General Information

Course Code W_BA_EPEN
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg
Examiner prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg
Teaching Staff prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg

Practical Information

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