Schedule of Readings and Presentations

 

  Readings and assignments to be discussed Presenter On-Call
9/5

Introductions.

Case Studies.

KK

 

N/A
I. Knowledge and Relativism    
9/11

Sinnott-Armstrong & Fogelin, “The Language of Arguments,” pp. 51-62 in Understanding Arguments.

Nolt, “Validity and Counterexamples,” pp. 6-13 in Logics;

The Social Construction of Knowledge. Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge, Chapters 1 and 2.

KK

Argument Reconstructions: PowerPoint and Handout

Boghossian: PowerPoint and Handout

Everyone (“test run”)–come see me sometime this week  to discuss.
9/13 Reynolds, Presentation Zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery, plus my “Blueprint for Writing a Paper.” What things strike you as novel, counterintuitive, or surprising from these readings? KK N/A
9/18 Constructing the Facts. Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge, Chapter 3.  Madison Lord 1
9/20

Wiredu, Kwasi. 1998. “The Concept of Truth in the Akan Language.” In 2003. Coetzee and Roux, African Philosophy Reader, 280-286. New York: Routledge.

Wiredu, Kwasi. 1980. “Truth As Opinion” Chapter 8 in Philosophy and an African Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cater Wang 2
9/25  Zotero Workshop (Ryan Clement). We will also tie up any loose ends from 9/13. N/A N/A
9/27 Relativizing the Facts, Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge, Chapter 4.  Teshie Bronk 3
10/2 Collins, H. M. 1975. “The Seven Sexes: A Study in the Sociology of a Phenomenon, or the Replication of Experiments in Physics.” Sociology 9 (2):205-224. Hattie LeFavour 4
10/3

12:15-1:30PM Atwater 102 (attached to the dining hall)

Haslanger, Sally. 1995. “Ontology and Social Construction.”  Philosophical Topics 23 (2):95-125.

This will be an informal discussion with Symposium, the student philosophy club, and other faculty members in the philosophy department N/A
10/4 Epistemic Relativism Defended. Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge, Chapter 5.  Jack Friedman 1
10/5 Lecture: “Social Movements and Cultural Change,” Sally Haslanger (MIT). Axinn Center 229, 4:30-6:00PM. Haslanger N/A
10/9 Epistemic Relativism Contested. Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge, Chapters 6 and 7.  Erika Nakagawa 2
10/11

Midterm Paper (Working Drafts) Due.

Seech, Writing Philosophy

What things strike you as novel, counterintuitive, or surprising from these readings?

KK N/A
10/16

Neta, Ram. 2012. “In Defense of Epistemic Relativism.”

Episteme 4 (1): 30-48.

 Michelle Lazzaro 3
10/18 Hill Collins, Patricia. 2000. “Black Feminist Epistemology,” Ch. 11 in Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.  Eric Masinter 4
10/23 No Class—Midterm Recess  N/A  N/A
II. Moral Relativism    
10/25

Brandt, “Ethical Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 1

Rachels, “Challenge of Cultural Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism Chapter 3

Sean Rhee 1
10/27 Midterm Papers (Final Drafts) Due. Please put them in my mailbox (2nd Floor Twilight Hall) before 5pm. N/A N/A
10/30

Sumner, “Folkways,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 4

Benedict, “Anthropology & the Abnormal,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 5

Micaela Gayner 2
11/1

Moody-Adams, “Empirical Underdetermination,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 7

Wellman “Ethical Implications,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 8

Suggestion: Start talking about potential final paper topics with me.

Haley Glover 3
11/6

Postow, “Dishonest Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 9

Lyons, “Problem of Incoherence,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 10

Leila Markhosian 4
11/8 Harman, “Is There a Single Morality?” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 12  Sawyer Tadano 1
11/13 Nussbaum, “Non-Relative Virtues,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 14  Shahmeer Chaudhary 2
11/15 Graham, “Tolerance, Pluralism, and Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 15, Submit Paper Proposal, Choose Workshop Times. Zeinab Thiam 3
11/20 Koppelman “Female Circumcision, Genital Mutilation” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 20  Clara Loftis 4
11/22 No Class—Thanksgiving Break
11/24 No Class—Thanksgiving Break
11/27 Source Evaluation, Research Tutorial, LIB220 (Ryan Clement) N/A N/A
11/28 12:30-1:45 Paper Workshop Sawyer, Cater Micaela, Zeinab
11/29 2:50-4:05 Paper Workshop Haley, Clara Leila, Shahmeer
11/30 12:00-1:15 Paper Workshop Eric, Michelle Erika, Sean
12/4 1:30-2:45 Paper Workshop Hattie, Jack Madison, Teshie
12/4 2:50-4:05 Paper Workshop Leila, Shahmeer Haley, Clara
12/5 12:30-1:45 Paper Workshop Micaela, Zeinab Cater, Sawyer
12/6 Everybody meets. Brief project summaries. Tearful farewells. N/A N/A
12/7 12:00-1:15 Paper Workshop Erika, Sean Eric, Michelle
12/7 7:00-8:15PM Madison, Teshie Hattie, Jack
12/14  4pm. My mailbox (2nd Floor Twilight Hall) FINAL PAPER DUE. N/A N/A

*If necessary.

Tentative On-Call Groups (will change once presentation schedule is set)

Group 1

Teshie Bronk

Micaela Gayner

Haley Glover

Michelle Lazzaro

Group 2

Sean Rhee

Hattie LeFavour

Madison Lord

Sawyer Tadano

Group 3

Clara Loftis

Leila Markosian

Eric Masinter

Erika Nakagawa

Group 4

Jack Friedman

Shahmeer Chaudhary

Zeinab Thara

Cater Wang