The Thinker

Epistemology and Research Methods

  • "All men have opinions, but few think." - George Berkeley, 1685-1753


    The world of knowledge is a confusing place in which we find a bewildering variety of opinions.  One can find oneself too open-minded and willing to believe anything or too skeptical and not willing to accept any new ideas.  This class is about refining our judgment and exploring how we acquire knowledge and what these areas of knowledge can teach us.


    Epistemology is the theory of knowledge and is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion. Our primary goals in this course include familiarizing ourselves with some of the basic theories in knowledge, understanding how these theories might apply to our own concerns, and improving our ability to read, analyze, and discuss complex issues.


    This class is a prerequisite for pursuing an independent study project.