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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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FILA6 Epistemology 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Philosophy
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2011 – 2012
PHILAIT5 Theory of Knowledge 4 ECTS

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students understand and are more able to analyze the basic problems of epistemology, which have been introduced in the basic course. They are capable of assessing epistemological views, connect them with discussions in other fields of philosophy and the special sciences and describe their specifically philosophical nature.


The study module deals with various forms of knowledge, such as propositional knowledge, knowing how, interpretation, empathy, bodily knowledge, and social knowledge, and their relations. It provides a deeper understanding of views on justification, evaluates the very requirement of justification and familiarizes the students with various types of justification (logical and mathematical proof, experience, evidence, testimony, beliefs shared in a community etc.).

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In Finnish
In English
In Finnish
In English
Written exam 
In Finnish
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Pollock, John and Cruz, Joseph 1999. Contemporary Theories of Knowledge

AND one of the following

Haack, Susan 2009. Evidence and Inquiry: A Pragmatist Reconstruction of Epistemology


Lackey, Jennifer and Sosa, Ernest (eds.) 2006. The Epistemology of Testimony


Kusch, Martin 2002. Knowledge by Agreement

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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For Open University students only
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