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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Our beliefs are subject to multiple sources of error: a traveler's perception of an oasis in the desert may turn out to be a mirage; the key witness in a criminal trial may turn out to be lying; a fluke in the data may mislead a research team into believing a false hypothesis; or a miscalculating math student may end up with the wrong answer. Philosophers often characterize knowledge as belief that is safe from error—but is knowledge possible? This course uses the philosophical arguments and thought experiments to assess the question of how much we can hope to know.