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The introduction of the internet and of social media has drastically changed our information position. We live in a time of ‘truth decay’: the distinction between opinions and facts is blurred, opinions have more impact than facts, and sources of factual information are increasingly distrusted. Since philosophers love truth, they deplore these tendencies. But what can they do about them? In this course, you will be invited to reflect on whether, in what sense and to what extent, 2500 years of normative epistemology, or theory of knowledge, can be put into practice and help to reduce truth decay. You’ll be invited, more specifically, to reflect on - the theory of knowledge, - the analysis of knowledge, - the possibility of knowledge, - the structure of knowledge, - the kinds of knowledge, and - the value of knowledge. Think of a pressing example of truth decay that strikes you and wonder how epistemology may go against it....
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von Saulo P T

20. Juli 2022

Very good!

von Karen C

27. Sep. 2022

While I ended up with a favorable impression, I'm surprised this is considered a 'beginner' course; it took a lot of grappling, outlining, and outside research to keep the concepts organized in a meaningful way. I was impressed with the instructor's enthusiasm and engagement (and have already signed up for another of his philosophy courses), and I loved whimsical the "For All We Know" vignettes that began most units. As is my habit, I have written a more detailed account of my experience of the course on my personal blog at https://sloopie72.wordpress.com/2022/09/27/epistemology-mooc-what-do-you-know/