Final Exam

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The final is in TEACH 105 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 13th. Good luck studying.

The exam review slides are here.

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Class 27 - Final Review

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Today we’ll review Wolf’s view on meaning in life and also look at the structure and material for the final exam. Please come prepared to ask questions!

Slides from today’s review are here.

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Class 26 - Wolf on Meaning in Life


In our final class on the meaning of life we’ll discuss Professor Susan Wolf’s lecture “Meaning in Life.” Unlike Camus and Nagel, Wolf argues that life has meaning, and attempts to give a particular positive conception of what that meaning consists in. We’ll discuss her proposal as …

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Class 25 - Nagel on the Absurd


Today we’ll continue looking at the question of the meaning of life and its possible absurdity. We’ll look at how Tom Nagel addresses some of the issues raised by Camus, as well as his positive view concerning the absurdity of existence.

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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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