SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 30
ECTS credits : 15
Level : SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students
Knowledge is power, but ignorance is bliss. What we know - and what we don't know - is intimately connected to who we are, both collectively and individually. This module will explore the borderzones between epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy, focusing on three main issues. First, what is the epistemological significance of our race, gender, social class, or other identities? Second, what are the democratic significance of expert and citizen knowledge, and how is public discourse threatened by group polarization, ignorance or conspiracy theorising? Third, what tensions are there between our right to knowledge, and our right to privacy?
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1012
Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.
As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%
Re-assessment: 1 or more essays to a total of 7,000 words
Module coordinator: Professor K J Hawley
Module teaching staff: Prof K Hawley