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Steup, Matthias P. Professor

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Research

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  • My current research focuses on three projects. First, what makes our perceptual beliefs justified? Does perceptual justification require evidence of perceptual reliability. Many authors say it does not because they want to avoid circularity. I defend the view that it does. Second, I investigate the question of how one can know that one is not a brain-in-a-vat (alternatively, that one is not in the Matrix). Third, regarding the question of whether we have direct control over our beliefs, most authors argue that we do not. I argue that we do.

keywords

  • skepticism, perceptual justification, justified belief, belief control, free will

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Teaching

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  • PHIL 4340 - Epistemology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Studies some of the main topics of theory of knowledge, such as evidence, justification, prediction, explanation, skepticism, and concept acquisition. Recommended prerequisites: PHIL 3480 and 12 credit hours of philosophy including PHIL 2440 and PHIL 3010. Same as 5340.
  • PHIL 4370 - Free Will and Determinism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the full range of questions relating to the problem of free will and determinism. Topics may include; the scientific evidence for determinism, hard versus soft determinism, arguments for and against the compatibility of free will and determinism, moral responsibility and the principle of alternate possibilities, hierarchical motivation, the deep self, reactive attitudes, the intelligibility question for libertarianism, divine foreknowledge. Same as PHIL 5370.
  • PHIL 4800 - Open Topics in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    See current departmental announcements for specific content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: 12 hours philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 5800 - Open Topics in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Variety of new courses at the 5000 level. See current departmental announcements for specific content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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