Philosophy 330

PHIL 330: Theories of Knowledge

Prerequisite: Three hours of philosophy

Credit Hours: (3)

This course investigates the nature, extent, and sources of human knowledge and the relation between the concepts of knowledge, belief, and truth. Major theories which are examined include empiricism and rationalism.


Detailed Description of the Content of the Course

This course is an examination of various theories of knowledge with some emphasis on rationalism, empiricism, and Kant's theory. The course will also survey various theories of truth and their relationship to the concept of knowledge.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of the Course

The lecture method is used combined with a lecture/seminar format.


Goals and objectives of the Course

Student should:

1. Develop an awareness of the philosophical issues underlying the concept of knowledge.
2. Master the various theories of knowledge and their relation to other areas of philosophy.
3. Become familiar with the terminology of epistemology.


Assessment Measures

The course uses essay tests, short papers and in class discussion to measure the students' comprehension of the course materials.


Other Course Information

This course counts as a department elective for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

August 1991 Updated to a three semester-hour course Charles D. Taylor
May 1994 None Kim J. Kipling
May 1995 Catalog entry revised. Kim J. Kipling
January 27, 1997 Course number change Approved by VPAA
April 17, 1998 Reviewed Kim Kipling
September 18, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling

July, 2010