Pragmatists like Charles Peirce and William James present ideas that have been part of the western tradition at least since Aristotle. Notions like belief and knowledge, which are generally conceived as dispositional states, are to be explained in terms of acts of assertion and acts of knowing in this tradition. Modern philosophy can profit from studying the pragmatist tradition in its conception of truth, knowledge, belief and thought.
During the course we will read texts from, for example, Aristotle, Peirce, Wittgenstein, John Searle, Robert Brandom, and Per Martin-Löf.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
Attending seminars: 40 hours
Preparation seminars: 120 hours
Writing paper: 120 hours
Total course load: 280 hours
Blackboard will be used for posting of instructions, texts and information.
The reading list will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.
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