[FE 1019]  Epistemology I

Semester I
wednesday 10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Course Information

Professor: SENNER, Walter
Email: walterop@pust.it
Language: English
Program: baccalaureate
Semester I
wednesday 10:30 am - 12:15 pm


What can we know and how is a basic question of philosophy. Yet as a discipline epistemology / critica / gnoseology is relatively young and there is even no consensus, by which name it should be labeled. The course will comprise: 1. A Thomistic approach of the problem of cognition and knowledge, centered on reading and interpreting Aquinas’ key texts. 2. An historical overview of the most important different approaches: epistemology / critica / gnoseology. 3. A look at recent conceptions of epistemology.


Thomas de AQUINO: Summa theologiae Ia, qq. 84-89: lat.- engl.: vol. 12, Human Intelligence, with introd., notes, appendices and glossary by Paul T. DURBIN, London [e.a.] 1968: fundamental; ID.: Quaestiones de anima, trsl. James H. ROBB, Toronto 1968 (Studies and texts 14): source text. A Companion to Epistemology, ed. Jonathan DANCY & Ernest SOSA, Oxford 1992: useful reference. Anthony KENNY: Aquinas on mind, London 1993: somewhat difficult. Alejandro LLANO: Gnoseology, Manila 2001: for absolute beginners. Eleanor STUMP: Aquinas, London 22005, pp. 217-276: makes Thomas understandable for people in the analytic tradition. Fernand VAN STEENBERGHEN: Epistemology, New York 1947, (Louvain 31970). (Mastercopy on demand): Thomistic, easy reading, but does not explain the source-texts. Sofia VANNI ROVIGHI: Elementi di filosofia. I. Introduzione, logica, teoria della conoscenza, Milano 142013, pp. 95-199