Topics in Theory of Knowledge: A Priori Knowledge

Black and white portrait of Rene Descartes.

René Descartes, 1596-1650. Engraving by W. Holl after painting by Franz Hals. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number: LC-USZ62-61365 (b&w film copy neg.)].)

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MIT Course Number

24.805

As Taught In

Spring 2005

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

The seminar will explore the phenomenon of a priori knowledge. We'll consider some notable attempts to account for a priori knowledge in the history of philosophy (e.g., by Plato, Descartes, Hume, and Kant), some influential critiques of the notion; we will end by considering some contemporary approaches to the a priori.

Haslanger, Sally. 24.805 Topics in Theory of Knowledge: A Priori Knowledge, Spring 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-805-topics-in-theory-of-knowledge-a-priori-knowledge-spring-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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