Schedule of Readings and Presentations

A list of course policies can be found here.

We will read extensive portions of the following books:

  • [FK] Boghossian, Paul. 2006. Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Reynolds, G. 2007. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery: New Riders Publishing.

Both are available on the Readings Page. (Password: FYSE-1496)

Date Reading Assignment
8/31

Introductions.

Case Studies.

Review Course Policies.

Discussion Questions.

Scheduling One-On-One Meetings.

I.               Relativism (& Philosophy) Bootcamp
A.    Moral Relativism
9/9

Validity and Counterexamples,” pp. 6-13 in Nolt, J. (1997). Logics. London: McGraw-Hill[You may find this PPT useful.]

The Challenge of Cultural Relativism,” pp. 14-32 in Rachels, S., & Rachels, J. (2018). The elements of moral philosophy (9th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill. [PPT] [HANDOUT]

Reconstructing Arguments, up through Section 5.3.6 (top of page 19). 

 
9/14

Prinz, J. (2011). Morality is a Culturally Conditioned Response. Philosophy Now, 82, 6-9. [HANDOUT]

Reconstructing Arguments, from Section 5.3.7 (top of page 19) to end.

Criticizing Arguments.

Assignment 1

Read the instructions for Draft 1 (due 9/23)

B. Relativism About Reality
9/16

Start to think about what you want to write about for Draft 1.

Kinds of Analytical Essays.

(Skim the four Blueprints on this page.)

Assignment 2 and Assignment 3
9/21

Honor Code.

Skim: Boghossian, P. “Constructing the Facts,” Chapter 3 in Fear of Knowledge (FK). [HANDOUT] [PPT]

Read: Boghossian, P. “Relativizing the Facts,” Chapter 4 in FK. [HANDOUT] [PPT]

Academic Integrity Tutorial 

You will be signing the Honor Code Pledge. Have an electronic copy of your signature ready to upload to a Google doc.

C.    Relativism About Knowledge
9/23 Boghossian, P. “Epistemic Relativism Defended,” Chapter 5 in FK. [HANDOUT] Draft 1
9/28

Boghossian, P. “Epistemic Relativism Contested ” and “The Paradox Resolved” Chapters 6 and 7 in FK.

[HANDOUT CH 6] [PPT CH 6]

[HANDOUT CH 7]

Writing Abstracts.

 
9/30 Research Skills (guest lecturer, Ryan Clement)

Required: Download Zotero.

Suggested: “Welcome to the Libraries” tutorial.

10/5

Short blog post on begging the question.

Reynolds, G. (2008). Presentation Zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Berkeley: New Riders Publishing.

Assignment 4

Determine Presentation Order; see here for details.

10/8

 

Paper 1 due no later than 6:00 AM. (Note the AM!!!)

II.             Student-Led Discussions & Workshops: Not sure what to do? Click here. Also see the “Responsibilities” link under each column.
 

Presenter & Reading

Discussants

(Responsibilities)

Peer Evaluators

(Responsibilities)

10/7

Aaron

Read: Wyman, J. H. (1997). Vengeance is whose: The death penalty and cultural relativism in international law. Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 6 (Supplement Issue), 543-570. 

Kemal, Wes, Patrick

Mei, Katya

10/12

Lulu

Lipschultz, Jeremy Harris. 2017. “Social Media Ethics” in Social media communication: Concepts, practices, data, law and ethics. London: Taylor & Francis.

Donovan, Cian, Steil, Katya

Wes, Patrick

10/14

Sam

Bredemeier, Brenda Jo, David L Shields, and Jack C Horn. 2003. “Values and violence in sports today: The moral reasoning athletes use in their games and in their lives.” In Sports ethics: an anthology, edited by Jan Boxill, 217-220. Malden: Blackwell.

Gryphon, Awa, Colin, Mei

Steil, Kemal

10/19

Marc

Foot, Philippa (1995). Does Moral Subjectivism Rest on a Mistake? Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 15 (1):1-14.

Aaron, Lulu, Sam

Donovan, Cian

10/21

Gryphon 

Devine, Philip E. 1987. “Relativism, Abortion, and Tolerance.”  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 48 (1):131-138. doi: 10.2307/2107711.

Marc, Mei, Katya

Awa, Colin

10/26

Awa

Payne, Dinah, and Brenda E. Joyner. 2006. “Successful U.S. Entrepreneurs: Identifying Ethical Decision-Making and Social Responsibility Behaviors.” Journal of Business Ethics 65 (3) : 203-217. .
 

Kemal, Wes, Patrick

Marc, Gryphon

10/28

Colin

Lenzi, Dominic (2017).” Relativism, Ambiguity, and Environmental Virtues.” Environmental Values 26, 91-109.

Donovan, Cian, Steil

Lulu, Sam

11/2

Donovan

Gutmann, Amy (1993). The challenge of multiculturalism in political ethics. Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (3):171-206.

Gryphon, Awa, Colin

Aaron, Katya

11/4

Cian

Lulu, Sam, Marc

Patrick, Mei

11/9

Draft 3: Complete Draft Due For Everyone 

Steil

Aaron, Mei, Katya

Kemal, Wes

11/11

Kemal

Donovan, Wes, Patrick

Cian, Steil

11/16

Wes

Jurjako, Marko, and Luca Malatesti. (2018). Neuropsychology and the Criminal Responsibility of Psychopaths: Reconsidering the Evidence. Erkenntnis 83 (5): 1003–1025.

Cian, Steil, Kemal

Colin, Donovan

11/18

Patrick

Gibson, David R. (2014). Enduring Illusions: The Social Organization of Secrecy and Deception. Sociological Theory 32 (4): 283-306.

Sam, Marc, Colin

Gryphon, Awa

11/21-11/29

Thanksgiving Break

11/30

Mei

Aaron, Lulu

Sam, Marc

12/2

Katya

Dwyer, James (2020). Environmental Migrants, Structural Injustice, and Moral Responsibility. Bioethics 34 (6) : 56269.

Gryphon, Awa

Aaron, Lulu

12/9

Everyone: Final Paper Due at 11:59PM