Topic for Fall 2020: Metaethics. “My teacher is so mean,” “You should go vegan,” “That movie was hilarious,” “What an ugly sweater!” We think, say and hear these kinds of claims commonly, but are they (objectively?) true? Can they even be evaluated as possibly true or false or do they just express our feelings? If they’re true, how would we come to know that they are true? How do these claims compare to ones like “F = ma” or “2+5=7”? In this class we will attempt to gain clarity about the issues these questions raise by looking at different philosophical attempts to answer them. This course is also offered as a full-credit writing option. Students who intend to take the writing option should enroll in the non-writing option. Your instructor will follow up at the start of the course to confirm your option selection.
Advanced Topics in Philosophy I
Completion of or enrollment in Democracy, Freedom, and the Rule of Law (ODFRL), or consent of instructor