Topic: Metaethics. A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.
Metaethics is the study of the ultimate nature of morality, including the question of whether morality is objective or subjective. In this course, we will examine recent arguments in favor of moral objectivity by two important young philosophers: Julia Markovits and Kate Manne. In her book, Moral Reason, Markovits argues that morality is grounded in subtle features of rationality. In a series of recent papers, Manne argues that morality is grounded in a 'democratic' understanding of unsophisticated desires and bodily states. Two meetings of the course will be devoted to discussing these issues with Prof. Markovits and Prof. Manne via videoconferencing. Time allowing, we may also discuss related work by the instructor (Colin Marshall). Writing credit offered.
TEXT: Moral Reason, Julia Markovits.