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7AAN2008 Epistemology II: Special Topics


Credits: 20
Module tutor: Dr David Galloway


  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay, due by end of semester or as otherwise instructed
  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar. 
Pre-requisites: Although 7AAN2007 Epistemology is not a formal prerequisite for this module, students who take this one would do well to consider taking that one first, especially if they have never studied Epistemology before
Additional information: The initial lecture hour will be shared with students taking 6AANA098 Scepticism, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements. 
Sample syllabus: Please see the Past syllabi section below for an indication of the syllabus for this module.

The central topic of this module will be Scepticism, approaching this theme through the relevant writings of some key figures in the Western epistemological tradition, including Sextus Empiricus, Descartes, C.S. Peirce, G.E. Moore, as well as contemporary figures such as Barry Stroud, Keith DeRose and Ernest Sosa.

Further information

Module aims

This module will build on a pre-existing foundation in Epistemology, whether achieved through a prior undergraduate degree in Philosophy, or through a student’s other work in the present MA (e.g. the Epistemology I module, or the Epistemology portion of the General Philosophy module). On that basis, it will be aimed at giving students a deeper understanding of certain selected topics from the field.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a level-7 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate that they have an ability to:

  • analyse texts and arguments (including the use of formal techniques)
  • summarise and present arguments
  • research, plan and present essays to specified deadlines
  • understand of how contemporary epistemology develops out of the philosophical tradition, and of the various possible forms of a prominent approach to epistemology
Past syllabi

7AAN2008 module syllabus 2011-12 (pdf)
7AAN2008 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)

Please note that syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

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