[FE 2028]  Epistemology II

Semester II
tuesday 08:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: RAFFRAY, Matthieu
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester II
tuesday 08:30 - 10:15


This course is the continuation of Epistemology 1. It comprises: ch. 4: A historical sketch of scepticism: Ancient scepticism, Scepticism in the Bible?, Mediaeval scepticism?, Scepticism in early modern times, in 19th and 20th centuries, Present day sceptics. Ch. 5: The problem of truth, a short history with special regard to St. Thomas Aquinas. Some classical modern and recent positions will be discussed as well.


Thomas de AQUINO: Quaestiones disputatae de veritate, Roma 1975-1976 (Opera omnia, Ed. Leonina t. 22,1-3); engl.: ID.: On Truth, 3 vols., Chicago 1952-1954; Summa theologiae (various ed.s). Lectura super Iohannem, ed. R. CAI, Torino, 5th ed., 1952; engl.: Commentary on the Gospel of John, trsl. Fabian R. LARCHER. 2 vols., Lander WY. 2013 (Latin/English ed. of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas 35-36). Aurelius AUGUSTINUS: Contra Accademicos, lat.: CCSL 29, Turnhout 1970; engl.: ID: Against the Academics, ed. John J. O’MEARA, New York 1951 (Ancient Christian Writers 12). René DESCARTES: Meditationes de prima philosophia, in: ID. Oeuvres, ed. Charles ADAM & Paul TANNERY, t. 7, Paris 1904, repr. Paris 1983; engl.: ID.: Meditations, Objections and Replies, trsl. Donald A. CRESS, Indianapolis 2006. Martin HEIDEGGER: Vom Wesen der Wahrheit, Frankfurt a. M., 2nd ed., 1949; engl. in: ID: Basic writings, London 1993, pp. 111-138. David HUME: Treatise of Human Nature, ed. L. A. SELBY-BIGGE, Oxford 1888 [+ reprints]. John MILBANK & Catherine PICKSTOCK: Truth in Aquinas, London [e.a.] 2001. Richard H. POPKIN: The History of Scepticism: from Savonarola to Bayle, Oxford 22003. Edith STEIN: Ewiges und endliches Sein, Leuven 1950; engl.: ID.: Finite and Eternal Being: an Attempt to Ascend to the Meaning of Being, trsl. Kurt F. REINHARDT, Washington DC 2002.