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Why study epistemology?

  • Do you like wondering about how one would know if they were living in the matrix?
  • Or if you don’t like the matrix…how about: how could you tell if you weren’t actually just a brain in a vat (more like a pickle jar really, if you’ve seen one)?
  • Would you like to have everything you believe to know thrown into question?
  • Do you find solace in being reassured that we don’t actually perceive objects in the world, but merely images in the mind?
  • Would you like to know what it would mean to know something for what you think are good reasons, for it to be true, and yet not really know it?
  • Do you want to be able to freak people out at parties by bringing their most commonly held beliefs into question?
  • Would you like to spend $10,000 per semester (like I do) to learn about this stuff?