This course will cover some non-canonical topics in epistemology. It is divided into three, independent parts: all should feel free to attend whichever part(s) are of interest. Little knowledge of these topics is presupposed, but a background in (fairly basic) logic and probability theory will come in handy.

Readings below are non-exhaustive lists of articles related to the topic.

Part I

Knowledge that, Knowledge wh- and Knowledge how

Week 1: Knowledge Wh-
Handout

Readings:
Schaffer,
Knowing the Answer
Stanley, “Knowledge wh-“ in
Know How
Groenendijk and Stokhof, The Semantics of Questions and the Pragmatics of Answers
Lewis, “‘Whether’ Report’ in
Papers in Philosophical Logic.
Hamblin, Questions in Montague English
Karttunen,
Syntax and Semantics of Questions



Week 2: Knowledge How
Handout

Readings:
Stanley and Williamson,
Knowing How
Glick,
Two Methodologies for Evaluating Intellectualism
Stanley,
Know How, selections.
Rumfitt,
Savoir Faire
Snowdon,
Knowing How and Knowing That

Part II

Interactive epistemology

Week 3: Interactive epistemology (1): framework
Handout

Barwise,
Three Views of Common Knowledge
Peter Vanderschraaf and Giacomo Sillari,
Common Knowledge in SEP.
Lewis,
Convention (Chapters 1+2)
Fagin, Halpern, Moses, and Vardi,
Reasoning about Knowledge (Chapters 1+2)
(email me for link to readings if you don’t have these last two)


Week 4: Interactive epistemology (2): agreeing to disagree
Handout

Aumann,
Agreeing to Disagree
John Collins,
How We Can Agree to Disagree
Fagin, Halpern, Moses, and Vardi,
Reasoning about Knowledge (selections)


Part III

Weeks 6: Mushy Credences and Decisions
Handout
Elga,
Subjective Probabilities Should Be Sharp
Halpern,
Reasoning about Uncertainty (selections)


Week 7: Dilation and Knowledge of Credences
Handout (messy)
White,
Evidential Symmetry and Mushy Credence
Joyce,
A Defense of Imprecise Credences in Inference and Decision Making
Sturgeon,
Confidence and course-grained attitudes, Reason and the Grain of Belief

Week 8: Communication of credences
Handout
Yalcin,
Bayesian Expressivism
Moss,
Epistemology Formalized
Rothschild,
Expressing Credences


(Email me, if you need a pdf of a paper or book chapter which is not available online.)