FIL2209 – Theory of Knowledge

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Course content

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:

  • self-knowledge
  • epistemology of disagreement
  • epistemology of ignorance
  • epistemology of science
  • feminist epistemology

Learning outcome

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

FIL1002 Innføring i erkjennelsesteori og vitenskapsfilosofi

Overlapping courses


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.

Grading scale

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

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Facts about this course






Autumn 2020


Autumn 2020

Teaching language


English or Norwegian. The course will be taught in English in the fall of 2020.