PHIL 335
Contemporary Metaethics Spring 2023
Division II

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We 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 that we have a clear sense of what that involves? If not, should this concern us? What are other models for understanding moral objectivity? 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 and twenty-first 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: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-12
Class#: 3327
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly seminar discussion questions; 8-10-page midterm paper; 12-14-page final paper
Prerequisites: two courses in PHIL (including a 100-level PHIL course; PHIL 201 or 202 recommended); or permission from the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: current and prospective Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses

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