In this course we’re going to try to figure out what knowledge really is, what distinguishes things you just believe from things you actually know. We’ll also examine how knowledge relates to the world around us, by looking at how social dynamics can effect who knows what. In the second part of the course, we’ll look at a range of metaphysical issues. We’ll try to work out if we have free will or if the things we do are determined by the way the world is; how much something can change and still be the same thing; and what kind of things numbers and race are.