Topic: Metaethics. Moral judgments are central to our lives, from everyday decisions to major life choices to how we vote. A long-standing question, however, is whether these judgments stem from our rational vs. emotional capacities. In other words, do our moral views arise from the abstract capacities we draw on in mathematics, or are they instead based in our (arational) desires? This class will focus on two recent, exciting books that take opposite sides on this debate: Arpaly and Schroder's In Praise of Desire and May's Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind. No background in metaethics is required, though some background ethics or psychology is recommended. The course will be discussion-driven, and will involve a video conference with at least one of the authors we read.
TEXTS: In Praise of Desire, Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder; Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind, Joshua May.