Knowledge & Reality A

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law

Details

Code 21801

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

The first half of the module introduces students to some central topics and issues in epistemology. These will include some of: the definition of knowledge; scepticism; internalism vs. externalism and justification; coherentism vs. foundationalism and justification; perception; the problem of induction. the second half of this module introduces students to some central topics and issues in metaphysics. These will include some of; the existence of God; the problem of free will; the mind and body; the nature and existence of universals; personal identity; time; the problem of change; causation; laws of nature. The emphasis will be on the critical analysis and evaluation of the philosophical positions and arguments, so that students receive a grounding, not only in topics in epistemology and metaphysics, but in the methods of analytical philosophy more generally.