PHEB402 Философия на скептицизма


The course follows the history of the various lines of skeptical thinking and reconstructs the key forms of skeptical argumentation, addressing their relevance to contemporary epistemological discourse. The main aims of the course is to assess the meaning, the conditions of applicability, the plausibility, and the limits of skeptical arguments.

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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 historical development and varieties of skeptical thought and the main concepts and forms of skeptic argumentation

2) are capable of:

Recognizing and assessing skeptical arguments in texts and discussions and applying such arguments in relevant contexts
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Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. What is Skepticism?
  2. Main concepts and counterparts of skepticism
  3. Skepticism in the ancient eastern philosophical tradition
  4. Academic skepticism in Ancient Greece
  5. Pyrrhonism
  6. Sextus Empiricus
  7. From Ancient to Modern skepticism
  8. Descartes' radical doubt
  9. Hume's arguments about empirical knowledge
  10. Midterm exam
  11. Hume's arguments about religion
  12. Kant's overcoming of Hume's skepticism
  13. Skepticism and semantic externalism
  14. Skepticism and epistemic externalism
  15. Skepticism in contemporary philosophy of science

Литература по темите:

DeRose, K. & Warfield, T. (1999). Skepticism. A Contemporary Reader. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sosa, E., 2008, “Skepticism and Perceptual Knowledge” in Epistemology: New Essays, Q. Smith (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 121–135.

Unger, P., 1975, Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism[PH], R. G. Bury, trans., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Nozick, R., 1981, Philosophical Explanations, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Moore, G.E., 1962a, “Proof of the External World,” in Philosophical Papers, New York, NY: Collier Books, 127–150.