Course: Epistemology

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Course title Epistemology
Course code KFI/EPI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Novotný Daniel D., Ph.D.
Course content
0. Noetics, epistemology, theory of cognition, noetic problem vs. ontological problem of cognition. 1. Cognition - Aristotelian conception and its alternatives 2. Knowledge - traditional and modern definitions 3. Justification, theories of justification 4. Possibility and necessity 5. Analyticity and synteticity. 6. A priori - a posteriori 7. Certainty and doubt; methodical and resultant doubt 8. Noetical problem, scepticism 9. Theory of science

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
Becoming familiar with basic notions and problems of noetics/epistemology by confronting traditional and modern approaches.
- competence to work with basic epistemological notions - competence to comprehend basic problems of modern epistemology - ability to compare traditional and contemporary approach to the problem of cognition - comprehending of the essence of the noetic problem and alternatives of its solution
Basic course in logic

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Test

Written test, homework, ev. oral exam
Recommended literature
  • J.Fuchs. Filosofie II. Kritický problém pravdy, Krystal OP, Praha. Praha, 1995.
  • Lukáš Novák, Vlastimil Vohánka. Kapitoly z epistemologie a noetiky. Praha, 2015. ISBN 978-80-87183-71-7.
  • M. Steup, E. Sosa. Contemporary Debates in Epistemology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Sven Bernecker. Reading Epistemology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Theology (2012) Category: Philosophy, theology 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy and Religious Studies (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter