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Module Code: PI4040/PI4140

Module Name: Epistemology

  • ECTS Weighting: 5/10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lecture
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Professor Paul O'Grady

Module Content

While philosophy is etymologically related to the notion of 'wisdom', and while this notion was analyzed in ancient and medieval philosophy, since the early modern period few philosophers have dealt with it. In this course recent work in virtue epistemology is examined and wisdom is there explored as an intellectual virtue. Some speculation is made as to why wisdom has been sidelined in contemporary analytic philosophy and three recent analytic treatments of wisdom are also examined - by Nozick, Ryan and Baehr .

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:

  • explain the significance and structures of virtue epistemology;
  • assess the notion of wisdom as an intellectual virtue;
  • suggest reasons why the notion of wisdom has not featured widely in modern philosophy;
  • critically assess recent conceptual analyses of wisdom.