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Level 4

4AANB007 Epistemology I


Credit value: 15
Module Tutor: Dr David Galloway 


  • Summative assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%)
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 1,500-word essay


  • Summative assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) 
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 1,500-word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one two-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.

Topics include the goals of enquiry; the relation of knowledge to true belief; the value of knowledge; foundationalist and coherentist theories of epistemic justification; internalist and externalist approaches to the theory of justification with their motivations, strengths and weaknesses; problems of perception, testimony, memory and a priori justification, and the nature of philosophical scepticism.  

Further information

Module aims

This course aims to provide a basic grasp of the fundamental problems of epistemology, one of the core areas of philosophy. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 4 module, and in particular will be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to:

  • analyse texts and arguments;
  • summarize and present arguments;
  • research, plan and present essays to specified deadlines.

Past syllabi

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

Core reading

  • Duncan Pritchard, What is This Thing Called Knowledge, 3rd edition (Routledge 2006)


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

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