Reading group: Edward Craig, Knowledge and the State of Nature

This is an eight-week reading group designed to provide an introduction to views and methods in contemporary analytic epistemology. The set text is Edward Craig’s Knowledge and the State of Nature: An Essay in Conceptual Synthesis (1990).

Set Text: Available on Oxford Scholarship Online

Author: Edward Craig

Jennifer Nagel, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction [Online]

Week 1
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 1–17 (Chs I–II), 17 pp.
Optional: Edmund Gettier, ‘Is Justified True Belief Knowledge’ [JSTOR

Week 2
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 18–34 (Chs III–IV), 18 pp.
Optional: William G. Lycan, ‘On the Gettier Problem Problem’ [PDF available from convener]

Week 3
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 35–53 (Chs V–VI), 18 pp.
Optional: Linda Zagzebski, ‘The Inescapability of Gettier Problems [JSTOR]

Week 4
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 54–68 (Chs VII–VIII), 14 pp.
Optional: Jennifer Nagel, ‘Internalism and Externalism’ from Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction [Online]

Week 5
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 69–97 (Chs IX–X), 28 pp.
Optional: –

Week 6
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 98–119 (XI–XII), 21 pp.
Optional: Peter Unger, ‘A Defense of Skepticism’ [JSTOR]

Week 7
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 120–139 (Chs XIII, XIV, XV), 19 pp.
Optional: Thomas Nagel, ‘Knowledge’ from The View from Nowhere [PDF available from convener]

Week 8
Required: Craig, Knowledge: 140–161 (Chs XVI, XVII), 21 pp.
Optional: Jason Stanley, ‘The Theoretical and the Practical’ [URL]

Summer reading
Hilary Putnam, ‘Brains in Vats’
David Lewis, ‘Elusive Knowledge’
Timothy Williamson, Knowledge and Its Limits
Miranda Fricker, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing
Sally Haslanger, ‘What Knowledge Is and What It Ought to Be’ [JSTOR]
Amia Srinivasan, ‘Genealogy, Epistemology and Worldmaking’ [URL]