Fall 2019

Seminar: Skepticism

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-461

Formerly listed as: PHIL-61

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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 and 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 PHIL or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Vogel

If Overenrolled: Preference to Philosophy Majors, Seniors, Juniors, etc.


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2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016