|Readings and assignments to be discussed||Presenter||On-Call|
|I.||Knowledge and Relativism|
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.
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|
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.
|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|
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|
Midterm Paper (Working Drafts) Due.
What things strike you as novel, counterintuitive, or surprising from these readings?
Neta, Ram. 2012. “In Defense of Epistemic Relativism.”
Episteme 4 (1): 30-48.
|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|
Brandt, “Ethical Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 1
Rachels, “Challenge of Cultural Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism Chapter 3
|10/27||Midterm Papers (Final Drafts) Due. Please put them in my mailbox (2nd Floor Twilight Hall) before 5pm.||N/A||N/A|
Sumner, “Folkways,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 4
Benedict, “Anthropology & the Abnormal,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 5
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.
Postow, “Dishonest Relativism,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 9
Lyons, “Problem of Incoherence,” Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism, Chapter 10
|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|
Tentative On-Call Groups (will change once presentation schedule is set)