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Instructor Info:Christoph Cox
Office Extension x5604
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
Description: Is there such a thing as "objective" or "absolute" truth? Or is everything "relative" - to a particular individual, culture, language, or conceptual scheme? What is truth, anyway? In this course, we will examine the nature of truth, knowledge, and value, and consider a range of challenges to the idea of "objective" or "absolute" truth. We will begin by considering solipsism, skepticism, and subjective relativism and then spend most of the semester discussing various forms of relativism (conceptual, epistemic, ethical, cultural, aesthetic, etc.). Drawing upon texts from early Greek philosophy through contemporary Anglo-American and European philosophy, we will try to sort out strong from weak arguments for various versions of objectivism and relativism.