Admission to one of the following programmes is required:
- MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation Philosophy of Knowledge
Basic knowledge of Analytic Philosophy, or Philosophy of Language is required.
Philosophy is differentiated from the sciences through its focus on normative questions. What is a good argument? What is the good life? Are these norms determined by us? Would this mean that different people and cultures give different answers to these questions? Or do we presuppose that there is a norm of truth and goodness independent of our actual reasoning and living?
We start the course by reading three versions of a non-naturalist answer to the question of normativity (G. Frege, F. Brentano, G.E. Moore). The main focus of the course is to engage with contemporary discussions in logic by taking our departure in John MacFarlane’s paper ‘In what sense (if any) is logic normative for thought?’. Finally, we will deal with normativity in metaethics. What can we learn about normativity if we thus compare logic and ethics?
A student who has successfully completed this course will have:
advanced knowledge of some of the central issues in the history of analytic philosophy;
some historical knowledge of central texts regarding normativity.
A student who has successfully completed this course will be able to:
connect philosophical issues in theoretical philosophy with comparative issues elsewhere in philosophy;
discuss naturalistic and non-naturalistic answers to the question of normativity, especially of contemporary authors;
develop a well-argued, independently developed thesis on the question of normativity, to be presented in class and in a paper; positions of others are to be discussed in a balanced way.
The timetables are available through MyTimetable.
Mode of instruction
Class attendance is required.
Active participation during the seminar is a necessary condition for taking the exam.
- Paper: 100%
Inspection and feedback
There will always be feedback on papers within the official deadline for grading.
Reading list will be made known in class and on Brightspace
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