Knowledge is often thought to be the highest achievement of rational creatures, the thing that distinguishes us from other animals and is the basis of our ability to predict and control our environment. Beginning with the most Platonic of questions—‘what is knowledge?’—this course introduces students to basic topics in contemporary epistemology. Among the questions it goes on to address are: why is knowledge valuable?; how do we acquire knowledge and how do we pass it on to others?; how do we become better knowers?; is there such a thing as collective knowledge?; do animals have knowledge?; is there such a thing as knowledge at all?!
Teacher (Course Author): Neil Gascoigne, Robert Heller, Robert Heller, Samuel Matthews, Phoebe Page, Dave Preston, Dave Preston, John Sellars, Henry Somers-Hall, Josephine Taylor, Fathima Uddin, Daniel Whistler