Philosophy | Theory of Knowledge
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Topics in the Theory of Knowledge:

So Many Questions, Only One Mind

Consider any proposition P.  Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you know that P?  Are you warranted in believing that P?  How
much confidence are you warranted in having in the truth of P?  Are
you warranted in acting as if P?  Does P count as being part of your
evidence, in the sense that your opinions are warranted only to the
extent that they answer properly to your evidence?

The ostensible purpose of this course is to figure out how the
answer to each of these questions depends upon, and what
implications that answer has for, the answers to the others.  It
will turn out that this will take us on a tour (and the major
purpose of the course is, in fact, to take this tour) of work on the
cutting edge of disputes
 about the extent to which (and the manner in which) the
probability calculus can
properly be thought to constrain our opinions;
 about the import and proper response to the challenge posed by
philosophical
skepticism;
 about how to think about the aims of inquiry and of the attitudes
inquiry (truth,
in particular);
 about how to think about how warranted opinion figures in
practical reasoning.