You do not need to do any of the stuff below before class; this is a space that will be useful if you miss class or if you want to take a second look at anything from today’s class.

Today’s food for thought:

LOST THINGS by Lydia Davis

They are lost, but also not lost but somewhere in the world. Most of them are small, though two are larger, one a coat and one a dog. Of the small things, one is a certain ring, one a certain button. They are lost from me and where I am, but they are also not gone. They are somewhere else, and they are there to someone else, it may be. But if not there to someone else, the ring is, still, not lost to itself, but there, only not where I am, and the button, too, there, still, only not where I am.

Today, we’re going to engage with Descartes’ and Berkeley’s points of view on knowledge.

Here is a video to introduce it: 8-Bit Philosophy (Descartes)

Here is the handout for today’s activity, a collaborative activity analyzing the excerpts from Descartes and Berkeley that you read in advance of class.

#5 on that list leads us to an important question: should we be concerned only with questions of what we can know, without thinking of what we can do?  Is that even possible?  How are knowledge and action intertwined?  This question will provide a bridge between today’s work and Wednesday’s work on epistemic justice, with the readings from Fricker and de Sousa Santos.

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