PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Moral Disagreement and Moral Objectivity
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

It is often noted that there is a great deal of moral disagreement. Different communities, in different times and places, have different judgments and feelings about what is morally right and what is morally fundamental. Some have taken this diversity of moral views as undermining belief in moral objectivity, since, as J.L. Mackie said,

"feelings may well change with changing conditions, but a judgment about objective fact should be everywhere the same."

This course will examine and evaluate this line of thought. We will start with some historical readings, then discuss some recent anthropologists' accounts of moral diversity. Next we'll focus on the question of moral objectivity and whether it can be plausibly maintained in the face of such diversity. Finally, we will consider what one ought to do: does widespread disagreement lend support to a principle of tolerance? How much tolerance is required, and in what circumstances?

PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21040
Open
2
2Y1
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
P
28544
Open
4
4Y1
-
F 11:00AM - 2:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
25030
Open
3
3Y1
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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