345-101-MQ, Knowledge and PhilosophicalThinking
Philosophy, as a discipline, is concerned with questions of the broadest significance: What does it mean to exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? Does anything exist outside of my own thoughts and mind? However, philosophy also reflects on the accuracy of its own conclusions: Can anything be known with certainty? Is life a dream, wherein I am deceived into thinking that my life has meaning? This class will look at some of the more historically significant answers to the question of philosophic knowledge and truth. By the end of this course, students should be able to identify different theories of knowledge and truth as expressed by the authors studied throughout the course of the semester. Students will be capable of presenting the arguments of each thinker as well as discussing the difficulties and strengths of each position.