At some point we all want to know what is - and how we know it. Addressing those very questions, EP383 tackles the problems of ultimate reality (metaphysics) and human knowledge (epistemology). Are we really free, or are all of our actions determined? Do we have souls or spirits that survive after our death, or are we just material bodies with complex brains that in the end disintegrate? Is there life after death? If those metaphysical questions seem tough, what will you do with these epistemological puzzlers? Can you know anything for certain? What does it mean to say you know something? How can you justify your beliefs? By the end of the course, you will be able to articulate your own view of what is and how you know what is. Your roommate will be impressed.