PHIL 335 Spring 2013 Contemporary Metaethics (W)

We often speak as if moral judgments can be true or false, well-reasoned or not. But how should objectivity in this domain be understood? Is moral objectivity like scientific objectivity, assuming we have a clear sense of what that involves? If not, should that concern us? Are there other models for understanding moral objectivity besides science? While answers to such questions are implicit in historically important accounts of morality, these issues became the topic of explicit, sustained debate in the twentieth century. Our focus will be on the most recent and sophisticated work in this area. We will examine several different approaches in depth, including realism, constructivism, expressivism, and skepticism. Readings will include works by Moore, Stevenson, Harman, Mackie, Railton, Boyd, Blackburn, Williams, McDowell, Korsgaard, and Nagel.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: short response papers, midterm paper, final paper, attendance and participation
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Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy (including one of the following: a 100-level course, PHIL 201, or PHIL 202)
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors and those considering the Philosophy major
Department Notes: meets Contemporary Value Theory only if registration is under PHIL
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 5-15
Class Number: 3402
PHIL335-01(S) SEM Contemporary Metaethics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Melissa J. Barry
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 2 3402
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