Introduction to Formal Epistemology, Peter Brössel/Thomas Raleigh

Seminar, Do 12-14, GA 1/28

BA WM IIa, MA Cognitive Science, Master of Arts, MA WM IIIa



Formal epistemology studies the same topics as “mainstream epistemology” but it employs formal tools and methods from mathematics and science to explore them. (It is for this reason that formal epistemology is a truly interdisciplinary enterprise that is relevant not only for philosophy but also for psychology and cognitive science, economics and sociology, and scientific methodology in general.) This seminar provides an introduction into the tools and methods of formal epistemology and some of the topics concerning which this approach has been applied with great success, among them: confirmation theory, degrees of belief and its relation to full belief, rational reasoning, rational decisions, and scientific knowledge. In addition, the seminar explores the relevance of formal epistemology for psychology and cognitive science by focusing on Bayesian theories of perception, cognition and decision and the methodological questions that arise in these disciplines from their usage of normative theories of rational reasoning.


Sprechstunde Semester:

Thursday, 11-12 or by appointment

Sprechstunde vorlesungsfreie Zeit:

Thursday, 11-12 or by appointment