PHIL 121 Fall 2012 Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (W)

Also offered Spring 2013

In our everyday lives, we routinely assume that our clocks can tell us the truth about what time it is, that committing murder is wrong, and that there are people, landscapes, and works of art that are beautiful. But we are also aware that people can and often do disagree about what is true, what is good or right, and what is beautiful. Should the fact of such disagreement lead us to conclude that truth, goodness, and beauty are in some basic sense relative to human beings, perhaps as individuals, perhaps as members of societies or cultures? Some philosophers defend such conclusions, but others argue that truth, goodness, and beauty are "objective," in some important sense, despite the fact that people disagree about them. This introductory course addresses these and related issues.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, frequent short papers totaling about 30 pages, class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and potential Philosophy majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1475
PHIL121-01(F) SEM Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Alan White
MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM Hopkins Roger Room 1475
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