Philosophers in the past have defended a view on judgement, opinion and belief that suited their ideas in practical philosophy. John Locke used his definition of belief to give a defence of religious toleration, and John Stuart Mill used his definition of opinion in his argument for liberty.
The course starts with reading classical passages from Descartes, Locke, Hume and Mill. The second part of the course will take the topic to modern philosophy, and an author like Jonathan Cohen will be read. The aim of the course is to develop an account of judgement and opinion that suits a democractic society.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
- Presentation during course
The reading list will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.
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