PHIL 350A:  READING ASSIGNMENTS

 

Reading assignments are taken from the two course texts:  Laurence BonJour, Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses (2nd ed.), and Louis P. Pojman, What Can We Know? An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (2nd ed.).  The texts are available for purchase at the University Book Store.  Except for week 1, readings should be done before class on the Tuesday of the week they are assigned.  The Week 1 readings should be done by the beginning of Week 2.

 

Week 1 (Jan. 7-9):  Introduction to Epistemology with an Example: Perception

Reading Assignments:  (1) BonJour, Introduction;

(2) Pojman, Chap. 1, pp. 1-4 and 12-15, Chap. 15, pp. 273-277 (ignore the last two paragraphs of this chapter).

(3) BonJour, Chap. 6;

(4) Pojman, Chap. 4;

(5) BonJour, Chap 7.

 

Week 2 (Jan. 14-16)): Empirical Justification:  Foundationalism and Coherentism

ASSIGNMENT #1 POSTED TO CANVAS BY NOON ON MONDAY JAN. 13.

VOTE BY EMAIL FOR BEST ASSIGNMENT #1 BY NOON ON TUESDAY JAN. 14.

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chaps. 6-7;

BonJour, Chap. 9.

 

Week 3 (Jan. 21-23):  A Priori Justification and Reasoning

ASSIGNMENT #2 POSTED TO CANVAS BY MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY JAN. 20.

VOTE BY EMAIL FOR BEST ASSIGNMENT #2 BY NOON ON TUESDAY JAN. 21.

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chap. 1, pp. 16-20, and Chap. 12;

BonJour, Chaps. 4-5.

 

Week 4 (Jan. 28-30):   Knowledge and Truth

ASSIGNMENT #3 POSTED TO CANVAS BY NOON ON MONDAY JAN. 27.

VOTE BY EMAIL FOR BEST ASSIGNMENT #3 BY NOON ON TUESDAY JAN. 28.

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chap. 1, pp. 4-12, and Chap. 5;

BonJour, Chap. 3.

 

Week 5 (Feb. 4-6):  Midterm Exam

MIDTERM REVIEW SESSION IN CLASS ON TUESDAY FEB. 4.

MIDTERM EXAM IN CLASS ON THURSDAY FEB. 6.

No assigned readings.

 

Week 6 (Feb. 11-13):  Internalism and Externalism

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chap. 8;

BonJour, Chap. 10.

 

 

 

Week 7 (Feb. 18-20):  Other Minds, Testimony, and Memory

ASSIGNMENT #4 POSTED TO CANVAS BY NOON ON MONDAY FEB. 17.

VOTE BY EMAIL FOR BEST ASSIGNMENT #4 BY NOON ON TUESDAY FEB. 18.

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chaps. 13-14;

BonJour, Chap. 8.

 

Week 8 (Feb. 25-27):  Naturalized Epistemology

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chap. 10;

BonJour, Chap. 11.

 

Week 9 (March 4-6):  Skepticism and Pragmatism

PAPER #1 DUE IN CANVAS BY MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY MARCH 4.

Reading Assignment:  Pojman, Chaps. 2-3;

BonJour, Chaps. 2, 12, and then 4.

 

Week 10 (March 11-13):  Virtue Epistemology and Final Exam Review

FINAL EXAM REVIEW SESSION IN CLASS ON THURSDAY MARCH 13.

Reading Assignment for Tuesday:  Pojman, Chap. 11;

Reading Assignment for Thursday:  BonJour, Conclusion.