FIL2209 – Theory of Knowledge
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Epistemology is the study of the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief. The course discusses selected problems within the field of epistemology. The exact topic of the course may vary from one semester to another. But may include, for example:
- epistemology of disagreement
- epistemology of ignorance
- epistemology of science
- feminist epistemology
After having completed the course you should be able to:
- document an in depth knowledge of particular topics in epistemology
- demonstrate an ability to analyse, compare and contrast different philosophical positions within the area of specialization
- verbally discuss and explore some central problems within epistemology, and raise philosophical questions related to these topics
- write argumentative texts analyzing different views, and to argue for a position on some particular problems in the area of specialization
Recommended previous knowledge
- 5 credits overlap with FIL2200 Fordypning - Erkjennelsesteori (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with FIL2201 Fordypning - Vitenskapsfilosofi (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with FIL2208 – Major –Theory of cognition/Philosophy of science (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4200 – Theory of cognition and philosophy of science
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4210 – Epistemology and philosophy of science (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4220 – Epistemology and philosophy of science
12 double sessions which will be a combination of seminars and lectures. The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:
- 10 brief, weekly submissions of about a half page each, of which 6 must be submitted and approved as satisfactory
The compulsory activities are only valid the semester you complete the course.
A portfolio exam of 10-12 pages in total which consists of 2 essays of 5-6 pages each, literature list and footnotes not included. You submit the portfolio in Inspera within the given deadline. Supervision will be given.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.