Archives for the month of: January, 2015

Here are the readings and media for matters of knowledge.  We’ll begin working with these on Wednesday, February 4.  We might finish up with them that day, but more likely we’ll need to continue to the following Monday.

Please read BEFORE Wednesday, February 4:

Knowing (Chapter 1 of Blackburn, Think–your textbook)

Excerpts from Descartes’ First Meditation and excerpts from Berkeley,The Principles of Human Knowledge

(How you say their names: Day-kart=Descartes, Bark-lee=Berkeley)

Please read THIS three-page paper by Miranda Fricker summarizing her work on epistemic injustice.

Enrichment (optional!): Edmund Gettier, Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?


BHCC will be closed on Wednesday (tomorrow). Plan to engage with the questions of right and wrong (including the Appiah article handed out yesterday) on Monday. I’ll try to place on here the handouts for the next unit on knowledge, which will begin Wednesday. Watch this site for updates!

For Monday, we’ll be engaging with the Simone Weil reading on the Needs of the Soul that was handed out in class and linked in a previous post.

On Wednesday we’ll engage with the problem of morality–right and wrong, justice and injustice.  We’ll explore some moral dilemmas in class.  Before Wednesday, please read this article by Kwame Anthony Appiah, “What will future generations condemn us for?”  This is NOT listed on the hard copy of the syllabus.

Thanks for a good first day of class!

Here is a link to the syllabus.

Here is a link to the “The Bed of Procrustes” handout of aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Here is a link to the handout for The Needs of the Soul by Simone Weil.  Remember, you should SKIM the whole thing and choose one or two “needs” to read more closely.

See you Monday!