Philosophy 180 Schedule Fall 2015

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  • Schedule is approximate and content is subject to modification with adequate advanced notice.  Consult the What's Up page for daily study advice.
  • Analyses are due at 11:59 PM on date indicated unless otherwise instructed. 'D' means draft; 'F' means final copy.
  • Note: Articles not available as direct links will be available in Blackboard.
 Week Primary  Readings Notes Supplementary material  Due
 1-3Epistemology, by M. Steup
Responding to skepticism, by K. De Rose

Skepticism, by P. Klein 
External world skepticism, J. Greco
Closure principles, by J. Kvanvig
The possibility of knowledge, Q. Cassam
Skepticism, contextualism and discrimination, by J. Schaffer
The epistemic closure principle, S. Luper
1% skepticism, by E. Schwitzgebel
 3-4 The analysis of knowledge, by M. Steup
 Knowledge, by S. Hetherington
Internalism and externaism, by T. Poston
 5Elusive knowledge, by David Lewis
The possibility of knowledge, Q. Cassam
Sensitivity, safety and anti-luck epistemology, by D. Pritchard
F: 10/4
 6 The value of knowledge, by J. Turri and D. Pritchard
The value of knowledge, by E. Ollson 
 7 Robust virtue epistemology as anti-luck epistemology, by J. Carter
Epistemic luck, by D. Pritchard
The safety condition for knowledge, by D. Rabinowitz
Virtue, luck and the Pyrrhonian problematic, by J. Greco
 8 Knowing your own beliefs, by E. Schwitzgebel
Belief, E. Schwitzgebel 
The unreliability of naive introspection, by E. Schwitzgebel
Introspection, by E. Schwitzgebel
Knowing that P without believing that P, by B. Schulz and E. Schwitzgebel
Acting contrary to our professed beliefs, by E. Schwitzgebel
Knowing what you believe, Q. Cassam
Is self-knowledge an empirical problem? V. McGeer
The nature of belief, A. Zimmerman
 9 The third horse, by T. Gendler 
Against intellectualist theories of belief, by J. Marley-Payne
Pragmatism about knowledge, by J. Marley-Payne
Alief and belief, T. Gendler
Intuition, reflection and command of knowledge, by J. Nagel
F: 11/9
 10 Does reflection lead to wise choices? by L. Bortolotti

Why do humans reason?, by H. Mercier and D. Sperber
The amazing success of statistical prediction rules, M. Bishop and J.D. Trout
 11 Epistemic intuitions, by J. Nagel The pathologies of standard analytic epistemology, 
by M. Bishop and J. Trout
Analytic epistemology and experimental philosophy, by  J. Alexander and J. Weiberg
Intuitions in epistemology, by K. Ahlstrom
 12 Knowledge in humans and other animals, by H. Kornblith  

Strategic reliabilism, by M. Bishop and J. Trout 
How to naturalize epistemology, by R. Neta
Naturalism: friends and foes, by P. Maddy
Knowledge, Naturalism and Cognitve Ethology, by J. Bermudez.
 13Explanation as orgasm, and the drive for causal knowledge, by A. Gopnik   
The value of understanding, by S. Grimm
The psychology of scientific explanation, by J.D. Trout
The instrumental value of explanations, by T. Lombrozo
 14The psychology of scientific explanation, by J.D. Trout 

Children's theories and the drive to explain, by E. Schwitzgebel
Scientific thinking in young children, by A. Gopnik
Understanding phenomena, by C. Kelp
The theory theory alternative to the innateness hypothesis, by. A. Gopnik
 15 Cognitive ability and the extended cognition thesis, by D. Pritchard The extended cognition thesis, by E. Arnau, et alA3
 Final Tuesday December 15, 12:45 - 2:45   

Other supplementar readings

Love and knowlege: Emotion in feminist epistemology, by A. Jaggar
The normativity of rationality, by J. Way
The role of trust in knowlege, by J. Hardwig