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MA seminar 2

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Course title: MA seminar 2
Name in Polish: MA Seminar 2
Organizational unit: Institute of Philosophy
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Learning outcome code/codes:

FI2_W06 FI2_W13 FI2_W15

FI2_U01 FI2_U11 FI2_U14 FI2_U15

FI2_K02 FI2_K08

Short description:

This MA seminar is devoted to development of epistemology in analytic tradition of XX and XXI century. Some contributions from outside of analytic school (phenomenological and hermeneutic analyses) will also be discussed. The notios of truth, rationality, justification, experience, belief, and knowledge will constitute the core of this seminar. The program will be flexible as it is meant to forster the individual MA projects of the participants.

Full description:

The title of this seminar is borrowed from recent book edited by Matthias Steup, John Turri and Ernest Sosa, which covers several current, most debated issues in epistemology: (1) the place of experience in the structure of knowledge; (2) the closure (or lack thereof) of knowledge under entailment; (3) the role of context; (4) skepticism and ways of refuting it; (5) knowledge apriori; (6) justification; (7) the notion and value of evidences; (8) the concept and criteria of truth.

In all these issues certain clear cut opposing views can be shown, which helps to evaluate arguments and reveal philosophical assumptions of the parties. By analyzing these debates we shall define open, unresolved problems and make a list of viable topics for master works. The seminar participants will be asked to chose their topics after the first semester and to start working on their projects. The remaining three semesters will be divided into two parallel activities: (1) keeping track of student's projects and fostering their work by providing context, introducing new readings t the seminar, and commenting on the drafts; (2) studying further epistemological literature of general relevance, common to all individual projects.

Not all particular topics can be determined for this seminar, especially for its second part, because they will largely depend on individual MA projects. The list below contains some topic, which are fixed, and will reflect the structure of the afore mentioned book. Two meetings will be devoted to each of the listed topics - “yes” and “no” answers will be considered and the exchange of arguments as it shows in relevant publications. In the second pat of the seminar the readings will be selected in more flexible manner: apart from analytic literature also phenomenological and hermeneutic tradition and methods will be pursued.

The topics for the first semester

1. Is knowledge ultimately based on experience?

2. Do logical consequences of a sentence expressing a piece of knowledge also express knowledge?

3. Can we detach knowledge for its context? (Can a piece of knowledge stop being one in another context?)

4. Are there decisive (refuting) arguments against skepticism?

5. Do we have any a priori knowledge?

6. Can a piece of knowledge have an immediate and local justification?

7. What counts as evidence of knowledge?

8. Is knowledge primarily about truth?


Matthias Steup, John Turri and Ernest Sosa "Conteporary Debates in Epistemology".

Efekty kształcenia i opis ECTS:

Knowledge: The students will be introduced in contemporary epistemology as a field of ongoing debates. They will know which epistemological problems are shred by analytic and non-analytic traditions - special emphasis will be on the problems of knowledge, belief, rationality. Students will also learn about relations between epistemology and philosophy of science (also axiology and theory of action). Special part of the seminar will be devoted to much discussed distinction between epistemology and cognitive science. Students will get to recognize the difference.

Skills: Students will be practicing conceptual ad logical analysis of problems and theories. They shall acquire proficiency in using analytic vocabulary and concepts. They will learn how to discover and define unresolved problems.

Attitudes: The discipline in of carrying out research tasks, which requires long term focus on the assigned problem. Students will also learn to work the problems piece by piece and be always ready to present their results in clear presentations.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Requirements: (1) essays based on common or individual readings (the latter usually in connection with master projects) are due the end of each semester; (2) the MA work outline (synopsis) is due the end of the first semester; (3) the fragments of the MA work in progress must be presented on seminars systematically – it will not be allowed to present the whole work all at once without presenting and discussing its parts on seminars; (4) the whole Master thesis is required in April the second year of the seminar in order to allow time for criticism and correction before the works are due to submission

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