2018-2019 Catalog

PHIL 376 Knowledge and Power

In this course, we will explore the relation between knowledge and power, focusing on epistemic dimensions of racial and gender oppression. We will address the following questions: (1) How does propaganda operate, and what sort of threat does it pose to equality in the United States? (2) How do ideologies entrench privilege and injustice, and how can we counteract false beliefs that persist in the face of strong opposing evidence? (3) Is there a distinctively epistemic form of injustice, and, if so, what does this form of injustice look like? The authors that we will discuss may include Michel Foucault, Miranda Fricker, Sally Haslanger, José Medina, Tommie Shelby, and Jason Stanley. 


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity