Political Epistemology

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI224PE
Vaknaam Political Epistemology
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Political Epistemology
Leerdoelen The aim of this course is to familiarize students with debates about the epistemic properties of markets, epistemic arguments for and against democracy, and current problems of public epistemology. At the end of the course, students should know about central conceptual debates around notions such as “knowledge” and “truth”. They should be able to critically discuss claims about the knowledge-generating features of markets, and they should understand core epistemic features of democratic decision-making. They should also be able to apply the arguments discussed in the course to concrete political topics.
Omschrijving We live in societies marked by the interplay of capitalist markets and democratic political structures. Both markets and democracies are mechanisms of social coordination in which the aggregation of knowledge plays an important role. But what is knowledge in the first place? Does it make sense to refer to notions of “truth” or “facts” in political contexts? And how does the use of knowledge work in different social spheres? While markets aggregate certain forms of knowledge through the price mechanism, democracies attempt to do so through deliberation and voting. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these mechanisms, and how well do they work for different forms of knowledge? What difference does it make that we live in a “digital age”? And last but not least: how do the ways in which societies deal with knowledge influence the delicate interplay between capitalism and democracy?
Uren per week
(Essay: Students are examined based on one paper they write at the end of the course. Further instructions will be provided in the seminar.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. L.M. Herzog
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. L.M. Herzog
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A reading list will be provided before the seminar.
Entreevoorwaarden Basic knowledge of ethics and of economic theories of markets will be helpful for participating in the course.
Opmerkingen Knowledge in markets, knowledge in democracy? Introduction to Political Epistemology from a PPE perspective
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