PHIL 350A: READING ASSIGNMENTS
Reading assignments are taken from the two course texts: Laurence BonJour, Epistemology: Classic Problems and
Contemporary Responses, and Louis P. Pojman, What Can We Know? An
Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. The texts are available for purchase at the
University Book Store. Except for weeks
1 and 6, 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 and the Week 6 readings should be done by
that Thursday of that week.
Week 1 (Sept. 28): Introduction: What is knowledge? What is belief?
Reading Assignment: BonJour, Introduction;
Pojman, Chap. 1, pp. 1-4 and 12-15, Chap. 15, pp. 273-277 (ignore
the last two paragraphs of this chapter).
Week 2 (Oct 3-5): Perception:
Appearance and Reality
Reading Assignment: BonJour, Chap. 6;
Pojman, Chap. 4;
BonJour, Chap 7.
Week 3 (Oct. 10-12): Empirical
Reading Assignment: Pojman, Chaps. 6-7;
BonJour, Chap. 9.
Reading Assignment: Pojman, Chap. 1,
pp. 4-12, and Chap. 5;
BonJour, Chap. 3.
Week 6 (Oct. 31-Nov. 2): Internalism and
MIDTERM EXAM IN CLASS ON
TUESDAY, OCT. 31.
Pojman, Chap. 8;
BonJour, Chap. 10.
Week 7 (Nov. 7-9): Other Minds, Testimony, and Memory
BonJour, Chap. 8.
Week 8 (Nov. 14-16): Naturalized Epistemology
Reading Assignment: Pojman, Chap. 10;
BonJour, Chap. 11.
Week 9 (Nov. 21): Virtue Epistemology
NO CLASS ON THURSDAY, NOV. 23 (THANKSGIVING DAY).
Reading Assignment: Pojman, Chap. 11.
Week 10 (Nov. 28-30): Pragmatism and Skepticism
Reading Assignment: Pojman, Chaps. 2-3;
BonJour, Chaps. 2 and 12.
Week 11 (Dec. 5-7): Conclusion
Reading Assignment: BonJour Conclusion, pp. 277-278