PHIL 350A:  Homework Assignment #2 (10 Points).

 

To receive full credit for this assignment, you must be in class on the day it is due or have an excused absence.  This assignment has two parts:

 

            (1) Philosophical Motivation (to be posted on Peer Review by 9 am on Tuesday, Oct. 17).  Use one paragraph to explain the difference between foundationalism and coherentism about empirical justification.  Then in one page or less, explain the most compelling motivation for being a foundationalist about empirical justification and the most compelling motivation for being a coherentist about empirical justification.  If you are successful, the reader should be able to feel the philosophical allure of each kind of theory. 

 

            (2) Vote (due via email by 1 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 17).  Every class member should read all the postings and vote via email for the posting that does the best job of explaining the motivation for foundationalism and for coherentism.