Introduction to Epistemology and Methods of Acquiring Knowledge

This is a course about the nature and origin of knowledge and the methodologies of knowledge acquisition. It consists of the study of philosophical, religious, and scientific explanations that have historically been advanced in response to fundamental questions such as “what can we know?”; and “how can we know it?” Further, it examines the history and philosophy of science and scientific reasoning, and the necessary relationships between knowledge, truth, science, and ethics. It also explores the concept of the unity of knowledge and the relationships between the natural and the social sciences and emphasizes central axioms of an emerging integrated vision of reality.