Gábor Kutrovátz (kutrov@caesar.elte.hu)
2018. fall semester

When: Monday, 10:00-11:30

Where: Pázmány P. sétány 1/A (‘Northern’ Building), room 6.75


Course description:

In the form of a reading seminar, the course offers an introduction to the epistemological tradition in Western philosophy. In addition to some historical investigations introducing central epistemological problems and some of the most essential approaches, the main focus of the course is on more recent advances in 20th century philosophy, with special emphasis on theories of scientific cognition as the paragon of knowledge acquisition. 


Grade requirement: Class attendance + end-term paper


Required readings:


·         René Descartes: Meditations on first philosophy, extracts.

·         David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, extracts.

·         Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason, extracts.

·         Moritz Schlick: On the foundation of knowledge.

·         Karl Popper: Three views concerning human knowledge.

·         Willard van Orman Quine: Naturalized epistemology.

·         Michael Polanyi: The Logic of Tacit Inference

·         John Hardwig: Epistemic Dependence

·         Donna Haraway: Situated Knowledges


Text source: http:/kutrov.web.elte.hu/courses/epist