24.03 Relativism, Reason, and Reality

Spring 2005

Bust of Scorates.

Course Highlights

This course features four paper assignments, located in the assignments section.

Course Description

Are moral standards relative to cultures and/or moral frameworks? Are there incompatible or non-comparable ways of thinking about the world that are somehow equally good? Is science getting closer to the truth? Is rationality--the notion of a good reason to believe something--relative to cultural norms? What are selves? Is there a coherent form of relativism about the self? Guided by the writings of Thomas Kuhn, Gilbert Harman, Judith Thomson, John Perry and Derek Parfit, we attempt to make these vague questions precise, and we make a start at answering them.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Stephen Yablo

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate

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