The module will also explore political epistemology, looking at how politics shapes knowledge production and vice versa; we will focus in particular here on propaganda and belief polarization.
Finally, we turn our attention to virtue and vice epistemology, which study the so-called virtues and vices of the mind. We will discuss important epistemic virtues that can help us flourish as knowers, e.g., self-reflection and intellectual perseverance; and we will also read about epistemic vices that undermine our capacity to acquire knowledge, e.g., closed-mindedness and dogmatism.
By the end of the module, students will better understand how individual, social, and political factors interact in the human pursuit of knowledge.
Begin your study of philosophy with an exploration of epistemology (the theory of knowledge). What does it mean to say that we 'know' something? How do our modes of practical interaction with the world and each other shape our ability to know different kinds of objects? Are there vices of the mind that distort our reasoning and lead our practical deliberations astray? What makes for virtuous knowers, and what for healthy knowledge communities? How important is trust in a functional knowledge community?