2017-18-II Epistemology

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Helyszín: T515


Epistemology is concerned with various aspects of the nature of knowledge therefore it is closely related to congitive science furthermore epistemology, especially naturalized epistemology witnessed exceptional measures of development in the last decade. This lecture introduces students to the basic issues of epistemology. Accordingly the teaching material covers the problem of justification, different sources of knowledge and their cognitive grounds. Further topics, such as the problem of extended minds, the knowledge of mixed systems such as computer-human cooperation, group knowledge and the knowledge attribution to agents in dynamic game-theoretical models are discussed in order to provide an insight to the most recent topics of the field.

The purpose of this course is to make you able to

  • understand and analyze epistemological theories.
  • properly use the concepts and arguments of this field.
  • discuss epistemological issue in the context of other approaches to human cognition.
  • write a scientific paper in English as a draft eligible for later publication.

Weekly schedule.

Week 1: Introduction - Science and knowledge: the problem of defining knowledge and writing a scientific paper about it

Week 2: The problem of justifying doxastic attitudes.

Week 3: Sources of Knowledge I. - intuition and testimony

Week 4: Sources of knowledge II. - Perception, Memory and Inference

Week 5: No class – March 15

Week 6: Test 1.

Week 7: No class. – Easter

Week 8: Naturalized epistemology and its connection to neuroscience.
1st submission: 1500 words 

Week 9: Constitution, extended mind, functionalism and epistemology.

Week 10: Knowledge-first epistemology.

Week 11: Social epistemology: peer disagreement, epistemic relativism, scepticism and epistemic hinges

Week 12: Group epistemology

Week 13: Formal epistemology: dynamic epistemic systems of agents

Week 14: No Class Whit

Week 15: Test + second submission 2500-3000 words.


  • Requirements
  • Knowledge of the reading materials.
  • Essay (60%): Two, 2-4 pages essay, on one of the topics discussed.
  • Test : (40%): The content of the test is the first 30% of the course only.