Wk 2: Epistemology Starts Aug 19, 2019 12:00 AM Epistemology is the area of philosophy that studies beliefs and knowledge. What is a belief? What does it mean to say I know something? How does this come about? Some students have found these first readings (below) at IEP and SEP a bit intimidating. I don’t normally recommend Wikipedia as an academic or scholarly source, but its article introducing philosophy isn’t bad as a lay-introduction: Introduction to Philosophy (Wikipedia) Complete the following readings, then continue to the assignments: https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_epistemology.html http://www.iep.utm.edu/epistemo/ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epistemology/ Here’s a brief introductory video (from an earlier course) introducing epistemology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZNnIQA_rpY 50 %1 of 2 topics complete Show data table for This chart displays the number of completed topics versus the total number of topics within module Wk 2: Epistemology..List of Topics and Sub-Modules for Wk 2: Epistemology Wk 2 Epistemology Discussion Discussion Topic Due August 30 at 11:59 PM Ends Aug 31, 2019 11:59 PM Epistemology Paper Assignment Task: Submit to complete this assignment Overdue – August 31 at 11:59 PM Write a 3-5 page essay on one or two of the following optional readings. Be sure to clearly and substantively engage ideas from the readings. Post the complete paper to the drop box in MS Word, PDF or rich text format. Historical controversies regarding innate ideas: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/innateness-history/ Also consider rationalism: https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_rationalism.html Skepticism (Descartes’ Meditations): https://www.philosophybasics.com/movements_skepticism.html http://www.iep.utm.edu/descarte/ http://www.iep.utm.edu/skepcont/ Empiricism (Locke and Hume): https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_empiricism.html http://www.iep.utm.edu/locke/ http://www.iep.utm.edu/hume/ Positivism/Pragmatism: https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_positivism.html https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_pragmatism.html http://www.iep.utm.edu/pragmati/ Formatting Instructions These brief essays are relatively informal. However, ALWAYS do at least the following: Place your name at the top of the paper Completely type out (or copy and paste) the question or topic that you are addressing at the top of the paper. Use 12 point serif font, such as Times New Roman. Double space the paper. Use 1 inch margins. When paraphrasing or quoting a source, clearly notate the source. Inline is fine. Footnotes or endnotes are preferred. Optionally include a list of cited references at the end (typical bibliography format).