PHIL 335
Contemporary Metaethics Spring 2016 Division II; Writing-Intensive;
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We often speak as if moral judgments can be true or false, warranted or unwarranted. 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 recent influential work in this area. We will examine several different approaches in depth, including realism, constructivism, expressivism, and skepticism.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 5-15
Class#: 3584
Requirements/Evaluation: short response papers, midterm paper, final paper, attendance and participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: two courses in PHIL (including one of the following: a 100-level course, PHIL 201, or PHIL 202)
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors and those considering the Philosophy major
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses;

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