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On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Distinguish epistemology as a philosophical discipline from kindred approaches to knowledge (e.g. from sociology, psychology, anthropology).
- Identify the meaning of basic terms used in epistemology, such as, ‘knowledge’, ‘opinion’, ‘belief’, ‘true belief’, ‘false belief’, ‘conjecture’, ‘certitude’, ‘certainty’, ‘apodictic certainty’.
- Recognise the significance of the epistemic distinction between ‘a posteriori’ and ‘a priori’ knowledge claims.
- Discriminate between historical formulations of the problem of knowledge and responses to that problem attempted in ancient Greek, modern and contemporary philosophy and evaluate their accounts (e.g. by Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Gettier, Sosa, Greco, Zagzebski, Goldman and Lehrer).
- evaluate central tenets and themes in contemporary social epistemology and virtue epistemology.