PHIL1012 Mind and Knowledge 2012

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Week 6. What is knowledge?

Plato, Theaetetus
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Week 7. Skepticism

Sextus Empiricus, selections from Outlines of Pyrrhonism
René Descartes, Meditations, Meditation I
G.E. Moore, “A Defence of Common Sense”
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Week 8. Other minds

Bertrand Russell, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, “Analogy”
Tim Crane, The Mechanical Mind, Ch. 2, “Understanding Thinkers and Their Thoughts”
Recommended: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Other Minds”
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Week 9. The problem of induction

David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Sections II-V
Recommended: Wesley Salmon, “An Encounter with David Hume”
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Week 10. Existence of God

Blaise Pascal, excerpts from Pensées (“Pascal’s Wager”)
David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Section X (“Of Miracles”)
William James, excerpts from “The Will to Believe”
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