Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-61
Jonathan M. Vogel (Section 01)
The topics change from year to year. Some of the most interesting and most characteristic work in recent philosophy has been concerned with the problem of skepticism about the external world, i.e., roughly, the problem of how you know that your whole life isn't merely a dream. We will critically examine various responses to this problem and, possibly, consider some related issues such as relativism and moral skepticism. There will be readings from authors such as Wittgenstein, Moore, and Austin, and philosophers working today such as Dretske and Putnam. Requisite: Two courses in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. First semester. Professor Vogel.