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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 302 - Theory of Knowledge

Student is made aware of the nature of analytic tools and techniques and their application for the clarification of epistemological issues.

Course content:

  • Definition(s) of knowledge
  • Meaning criteria-(a)verification (b) use
  • Truth Criteria-(a) correspondence (b) coherence
  • Perception and belief
  • Body-mind problem
  • Causality
  • Universals
  • Problem of Induction

Reading List
1. Ayer, A.J.1962. Language, Truth and Logic. London, Victor Gollazce, 15 Impression.
2. Ayer, A.J.1957. The Problem of Knowledge. Pelican books.
3. Hamlyn, D.W.1971. The Theory of Knowledge. London, Macmillan.
4. Wittgenstein, L.1953. Philosophical Investigations. Oxford, Basil Black well.
5. කලන්සූරිය, ඒ. ඩී. පී. 1986, දාර්ශනික ගැටලු සහ විට්ගන්ස්ටෛන්, කොළඹ, ලේක් හවුස් ඉන්වෙස්ට්මන්ට්ස්.