Epistemology and Metaphysics
Northwestern has a large and lively community of scholars working in epistemology and metaphysics. If you have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to contact one of the faculty members listed below. Additional resources can be found on our LEMMings site.
(Philosophy): epistemic rationality, decision theory, judgment aggregation, probabilistic epistemology
(Philosophy): reliabilism, internalism/externalism, the epistemology of testimony, self-knowledge, semantic responses to skepticism
(Philosophy) truth and paradox, as well as many issues currently discussed in metametaphysics (such as the nature of quantification and the status of unrestricted quantification)
(Philosophy): the epistemology of testimony, the epistemology of disagreement, norms of assertion, the value of knowledge, and the epistemology of memory
(Philosophy): epistemic contextualism; the metaphysics of time
(Philosophy): skepticism, fallibilism, certainty, the Gettier problem, contextualism and invariantism, history of epistemology; agency, personal identity
Jennifer Lackey in the audience at the Graduate Epistemology Conference.
Faculty with a very strong, secondary interest in epistemology and metaphysics:
(Philosophy): the epistemology of disagreement, the a priori
(Philosophy): Ancient Greek Epistemology, theory of knowledge, the value of knowledge
(Linguistics): epistemic modals
(Psychology): Reasoning, epistemic modals, experimental philosophy (especially regarding ordinary judgments regarding personal identity, ontology, and persistence)
(Statistics): probabilistic epistemology
Grad student Ezra Cook and Prof. Peter Ludlow at Michael Titelbaum's Epistemology Brownbag.
Recent Graduate Course Offerings in Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Related Fields
Grad course: “Philosophy of Mathematics” (Cariani, Ebels Duggan)
Grad course: "Logic and Anti-Realism" (Ebels Duggan)
Grad course: “Epistemology” (Reed, Lackey)
Grad course: “Metaphysics” (Reed, Ludlow)
Grad course: “Practical Reasoning and Choice” (Cariani)
Grad Seminar: “Contextualism and Invariantism” (Reed)
Grad Seminar: "Fallibilism" (Reed)
Grad Seminar: “The Epistemology of Disagreement and Expertise” (Lackey)
Grad Seminar: "Reasoning and Rationality" (Cariani)
Grad Seminar: “Skepticism Ancient and Modern” (Reed)
Grad Seminar: “Social Epistemology: The Epistemology of Groups” (Lackey)
Grad Seminar: “Time: Semantics and Metaphysics” (Ludlow)
Grad Seminar: “Truth” (Glanzberg)
Grad Seminar: "Descartes" (Reed)
Grad Seminar: "Group Epistemology" (Lackey)
Grad Seminar: "Epistemic Value of Deliberation" (Cariani)
Activities and Resources
In addition to courses and graduate seminars, there are a number of other regular activities:
The Philosophy Department welcomes Prof. Jurgis Skilters (University of Latvia) as a Visiting Scholar, and Mengxiao Huang (Renmin University of China) and Jan Hauke Plassman (Humboldt University Berlin) as visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellows.
All three will be visiting during the 2013-14 academic year.
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