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Models and Simulations in Social Epistemology

Epistemology is traditionally conceived to be the study of knowledge and justified belief for an individual agent. The course looks at a range of issues that arise for groups of epistemic agents, such as how groups communicate with one another or how group consensus should emerge, and also epistemic questions for individuals that only arise in dealing with other epistemic agents, such as how to evaluate expert testimony and how to respond when one individual disagrees with another.\r\n\r\nSocial epistemology uses a variety of different methodologies than is deployed in traditional epis- temology, and this course is as much about introducing students to those new methodologies as it is about introducing students to these new topics in epistemology. In particular, this course will introduce students to the use of agent-based computer models (abms) in social epistemology. Specifically, students will learn how to program in NetLogo , a programming language and simulation environment designed for abms. \r\n\r\nNo previous programming experience is required.

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