1P02 “How Do You Know That?” An Overview of What Philosophers Mean When They Say We Know Something

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Tutor/Facilitator Elvira Edmond

Date: on/from Mon 4 Feb 2019 to Mon 20 May 2019
Frequency: Fortnightly 7 sessions only
Class time: 12:15-1:15

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 1

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We will be looking at philosophers (mainly philosophers of old) and how they have addressed the problem of knowledge.

First we will consider Plato’s Meno, where Plato examines the idea that knowledge is recollection. Plato’s contrast between knowledge and beliefwill be discussed and we make a brief excursus into the depths of Plato’sCave (1-2 lecture/seminars).

The second philosopher is Rene Descartes. We look at the First Meditation and part of the Second Meditation in Meditations on First Philosophy. This includes excerpts from the Objections and Replies, and will take up to 3 lecture/seminars to study.

Next, the idea that knowledge is justified true belief is discussed with its own, now classical Gettier Objection, using the philosophical tool of“counterexamples”. “Counterexamples” and “possible world” examples areexamined (1-2 lecture/seminars in all) and an alternative “coherentist” viewof knowledge championed by WVO Quine explained.

TUTOR: Elvira has been teaching/tutoring /taking seminars in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne for many years. She has Philosophy, Psychology and teaching qualifications/degrees.

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