PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361, 366, 367 or PPE 300, (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); OR Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Metaethics investigates (among other things) questions about the meaning of moral judgments, the nature of moral facts (supposing there are any), and the possibility of moral knowledge. This course approaches these questions through the history of noncognitivism: very roughly, the view that moral thoughts and judgments are not expressions of cognitive or belief-like attitudes, but of non-cognitive, desire-like attitudes such as approval or disapproval. Beginning from the influential views of G.E. Moore, we will trace the development of noncognitivism in the work of its leading twentieth-century exponents. This focus will introduce us both to contemporary metaethical debates and to closely-related questions about language, truth, and logic. We’ll conclude with a survey of some of the central rivals to non-cognitivism in ethics: error theory and reductive and non-reductive versions of naturalism.


PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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