Class 24 - Camus on the Absurd


Today we’ll start discussion of our final topic—the meaning of life. We begin by looking at Camus’s famous discussion of meaning and the absurd. The questions Camus raises concern potentially sensitive matters, such as death and suicide. These are uncomfortable topics for many and have touched most …

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Class 23 - Mackie’s Error Theory (II)


Today we’ll finish up our discussion of Mackie’s metaethical skepticism. We’ll continue with our analysis of his argument from disagreement and then turn to look at his “Argument from Queerness”. This argument concerns what he takes to be the peculiar strangeness of objective moral value.

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Class 22 - Mackie’s Error Theory


Today we look at the details of Mackie’s meta-ethical “error theory”. In particular we’ll look at his argument against non-cogntivism and begin our discussion of his two central arguments for the error theory. These are (i) concerning the “queerness” or strangeness of objective moral properties, were they to …

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Class 21 - Ethics & Meta-Ethics


Today we start our discussion of ethics, and in particular, the issue of what ethical thought and talk is about. We’ll discuss John Mackie’s famous “error theory” concerning ethical thought and talk. Are moral facts just subjective, or do we have reason to think they must be objective …

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Class 16 - Free Will & Alternate Possibilities


Today we continue our discussion of free will. We will look at Harry Frankfurt’s case of Jones, and whether free will really does require that one be able to do otherwise.

Slides from today’s class are here.

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