PHEB102 Епистемология


The course introduces the main concepts and traditions in the theory of knowledge. It focuses on the most important problems and debates in the history of epistemology as well as in contemporary philosophy and science. The aim of the course is to offer understanding of classic and contemporary philosophical views on the nature, development and limits of knowledge.

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Философия (на английски език)


доц. Христо Гьошев  д-р

Описание на курса:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

The main concepts and traditions in the history of epistemology as well as contemporary epistemological theories and their significance in the scientific understanding of the world.

2) are capable of:

Applying epistemological standards towards claims of knowledge, understanding the philosophical aspects of scientific theories, participating in debates, and using and evaluating theoretical arguments.

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Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Origins of theoretical thinking in the Ancient World
  2. The Greeks and the quest for philosophical knowledge
  3. The epistemological projects of Plato and Aristotle
  4. The Self and the modern view of knowledge
  5. The Rationalist theories of knowledge
  6. The Empiricist theories of knowledge
  7. The challenge of skepticism
  8. Transcendental critique and the limits of reason
  9. Midterm exam
  10. The Positivist views on knowledge and philosophy
  11. The Pragmatist conception of knowledge
  12. Foundationalism and coherentism
  13. Realism and Antirealism
  14. Epistemological contextualism
  15. Kinds and range of knowledge

Литература по темите:

Suggested Readings

Aristotle (1928). Posterior Analytics. Oxford.

Hume, D. (1960). A treatise of human nature. Oxford: Clarendon press.

Descartes, R. (1984). Meditations on First Philosophy. In: The Philosophical Writings of

Descartes, vol. 2. Cambridge.

Rorty, R. (1979). Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Princeton.

James, W. (1995). Pragmatism. Dover.

Quine, W. (1951). Two dogmas of Empiricism. Philosophical Review 60 (1), pp.20–43.

Kant, I. (2004). Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. Cambridge: Cambridge university press.

Lehrer, K. (1974). Knowledge. Oxford.

Locke, J. (1928). An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. New York

Ayer, A. (1956). The Problem of Knowledge. Harmondsworth.

Berkeley, G. (1929). A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge. New York.

Plato (1934). Theaetetus. Cambridge: Cambridge university press.

Russell, B. (1912). The Problems of Philosophy. London.