Spring 2009

What Is Morality About?

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-38


Nishiten Shah (Section 01)
Matthew E. Silverstein (Section 01)


When we assert that murder is wrong, what are we saying? Are we describing some aspect of a moral realm that exists independently of what humans think and do? If so, how do we gain access to this realm (do we have moral antennae or ethical telescopes?), and what is the relation between truths in this realm and those in the ordinary world of mental and physical entities? On the other hand, if we are not talking about independent moral facts when we call an action wrong, what are we doing? Are we saying anything meaningful at all, or are we merely expressing emotions? Requisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Shah. Visiting Professor Silverstein.