Academic year
2009/2010
Teacher
Sven Rosenkranz
Department
Department of Philosophy
University
Universitat de Barcelona
Itinerary
Master courses
Module
Module 7. Issues in Contemporary Theoretical and Practical Philosophy
Code
566163
Credits
5
Language
English
Dates
2010-02-15 - 2010-03-31
Schedule
mon-thu 16:00-18:00
Location
Room 410 Facultat de Filosofia UB

Description

Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Crispin Wright, ‘Scepticism and Dreaming: Imploding the Demon’, Mind 100 (1991), 87-116
3. G. E. Moore, ‘Proof of an External World’, Philosophical Papers, London 1959: George Allen & Unwin, 127-150
G. E. Moore, ‘Certainty’, Philosophical Papers, London 1959: George Allen & Unwin, 227-251
4. Fred Dretske, ‘Epistemic Operators’, The Journal of Philosophy 67 (1970), 1007-1023
Fred Dretske, ‘The Case against Closure’, in: Steup/Sosa (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, Oxford 2005: Blackwell, 13-26
John Hawthorne, ‘The Case for Closure’, in: Steup/Sosa (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, Oxford 2005: Blackwell, 26-43
5. Stewart Cohen, ‘Contextualism, Skepticism, and the Structure of Reasons’, Philosophical Perspectives 13 (1999), 57-89
6. Crispin Wright, ‘Contextualism and Scepticism: Even-Handedness, Factivity and Surreptitiously Raising Standards’, The Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2005), 236-262
7. James Pryor, ‘The Skeptic and the Dogmatist’, Noûs 34 (2000), 517-549
8. Crispin Wright, ‘Warrant for Nothing (and Foundations for Free)?’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Suppl. 78 (2004), 167-212
9. Christopher Peacocke, ‘Explaining Perceptual Entitlement’, paper presented at the Rutgers Epistemology Conference, May 2003, pp. 1-57.

Note that the numbers of the items in this programme do not necessarily refer to the seminar sessions. So discussion of some papers may last longer than one session, and we may therefore have to omit the last item in the programme.


Methodology

Lectures with time devoted to discussion. Detailed handouts will be provided. Depending on the size of the class, students may be asked to give brief presentations on selected topics.


Evaluation

Regular attendance, participation in discussion, and final essay of approximately 15 pages.


Bibliography

Apart from the texts by Moore and the discussion between Dretske and Hawthorne in the Steup/Sosa volume, all readings are available electronically. The exceptions just mentioned will be made available in the form of master copies, deposited in the copy shop on campus.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2714406/Topics%20in%20Epistemology%202010.zip