Viewing: PHI 333 : Knowledge and Skepticism

Last approved: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:01:09 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 17:02:51 GMT

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Change Type
Major
PHI (Philosophy)
333
017236
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Knowledge and Skepticism
Knowledge and Skepticism
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
38.0201
Religion/Religious Studies.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
John Carroll
Professor of Philosophy

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3030NoNone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: One PHI course

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PHILBA B. A. In Philosophy Elective
16PHILETH Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy Ethics Concentration Elective
16PHILLAW Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy of Law concentration Elective
16PHILBS Philosophy-BS Elective
16PHILLOG Philosophy-BS Sub-Plan Logic, Representation and Reason Elective
16PHM Minor in PhilosophyElective
Analysis of such central concepts as knowledge, belief, and truth, and the investigation of the principles by which claims to knowledge may be justified.

No revision. GEP-HUM review required.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students completing this course will be able to identify and analyze many epistemological questions with depth and rigor, by constructing arguments using reasons and evidence.
 
 
Assessment: Longer paper assignment. (Ex.: In Reason, Truth and History, Hilary Putnam presents two versions of an anti-skeptical argument. One is in terms of the sentence, 'We are brains in vats'. Your paper assignment is about the other one, which is in terms of whether we can consider whether we are brains in vats. Present this version of Putnam's anti-skeptical argument. Then present Gary Iseminger's criticism of this version of Putnam's argument. Has Putnam shown the skeptic wrong? Has he provided us a way to know that we are not brains in vats?)
 
 
Students completing this course will be able to describe the leading philosophical theories of knowledge of the external world, the nature of knowledge, the nature of justified beliefs, and the truth conditions of knowledge and epistemic possibility sentences.
 
 
Assessments: 2 short papers, midterm exam, final exam, short homework assignments. (Ex: What is G.E. Moore's proof of the external world? What reasons does Moore give for thinking it is a proof? What would Moore say to someone who demanded that Moore prove his premise?)
 
 
Students completing this course will develop their reasoning skills, thereby becoming better able to assess the validity and soundness of arguments and to assess the plausibility of theories.
 
 
Assessments: 2 short papers, midterm exam, final exam, short homeworks, longer paper, class participation. (Example prompt: In a billion-ticket fair lottery, are you justified in believing that your ticket will lose? Why or why not? What does this have to do with Kyburg’s Lottery Paradox?)
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
na
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
na
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
one PHI course
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge by Noah Lemos (2007) $32.00 PAPERBACK $17.00 KINDLE EDITION
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none
This course is a part of Professor Carroll's standard load.

GEP objectives suffice


Student Learning Outcomes

GEP SLO's suffice


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Short Paper10Short papers
Homework10Homework assignments
Midterm20Midterm exam
Written Assignment20Longer paper (5pp); see syllabus
Final Exam25Final exam
Participation15Class participation
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Analysis of knowledge15 wksSee syllabus
GER>GEP Providing last approved information
Last approved syllabus- 1995
No university approved GEP information found in records
Course title changed to "Knowledge and Skepticism" in 2014

CIM Notes:
Course objectives added from last approved syllabus
16 weeks added as course length based on university standards
GEP attribute indicated (box checked)
Course delivery needed in CIM
GEP measures and outcomes needed in CIM
Grading/evaluation method needed in CIM
Student Learning Outcomes needed in CIM

Syllabus Notes:

Syllabus review of last approved syllabus based on Syllabus Regulations page: https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-07/

The following statements which can be found at the above link should be added to the syllabus:
-Students with Disabilities
-Academic Integrity
-PRRs
-Electronic Components

The following components should be added to the syllabus:
-Instructor information including office location, hours, and contact information
-Course prerequisites
-GEP information including categories, measures, and outcomes
-Student Learning Outcomes (measurable)
-Course description that includes catalog description as it is listed in CIM
-Any course components (labs, etc.)
-Projected schedule based on 16 week semester
-Grading/evaluation methods
-Instructor's policies on late work and attendance
-Updated expenses and textbook information

RLB 07/02/2018
aeherget (Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:42:46 GMT): AECHH: September 26, 2018 UCCC Meeting Friendly Suggestions: -Adjust the third student learning outcome from " Students completing this course will develop their reasoning skills, becoming better able to assess the validity and soundness of arguments and to assess the plausibility of theories." to "Students completing this course will develop their reasoning skills, be able to assess the validity and soundness of arguments, and to assess the plausibility of theories.". The members felt that "becoming better" is a difficult thing to measure and removing this would help strengthen the learning outcome. -Members also suggested copying the outcomes into the CIM field in place of "GEP Suffices".
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