Students will acquire some knowledge, at elementary level, of the main problems of contemporary epistemology – particularly those related to the notion of truth and to scepticism. Furthermore, they will get a good command of the main argumentative strategies used in the history of the discipline – among others, the counterexample strategy and thought experiments.
Mainly through writing and publicly discussing an essay (obligatory for those students who get 12 cfu at the end of the complete course), students will learn how to state a simple philosophical view and to present arguments for it. This will enhance their ability to state and defend their own views, to analyse texts written by others, and to clearly present their own arguments.
Particularly in the second half of the course, students will be asked to read some classical texts and pore over them. This will clearly improve their learning and analytic abilities.