Epistemology, the philosophy of knowledge, is situated at the heart of contemporary debates and issues demanding critical examination in management and economics. In this course we investigate concepts such as truth, belief, objectivity, perception, evidence, and trust, with an eye to understanding their relevance to fundamental and practical problems in economic theory, management philosophies, business ethics, and corporate responsibility. Among the potential topics to be interrogated are: artificial intelligence, biomimicry, limits of economic knowledge, financial fraud, future responsibilities, and the fact-value distinction in business research. Students work on projects of their own creation, related to epistemological concepts and theories, and deliver presentations in groups for interactive discussion and critique. Where possible, students will apply epistemological perspectives to illuminate issues bearing upon their own Ph.D. research projects. Fluency in English is required.
February 7, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.2.110
March 6, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.2.110
March 20, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.2.113
April 3, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.2.113
May 8, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.2.113
May 15, 2020 – from 2pm to 6pm – R42.3.103