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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, frequent short papers totaling about 30 pages, class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and potential Philosophy majors
Department Notes: meets 100-level PHIL major requirement
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;