PHIL 6433

PHIL 6433

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

Since Stanley Milgram's famous experiments on obedience to authority conducted in the early 1960s, and arguably long before that, it's been clear that the majority of people are unreliable judges of who to obey, who to follow, and who to treat as moral authority figures. This advanced seminar would begin by considering the nature and bases of a mistaken sense of moral obligation to follow someone's lead, either because one falsely takes oneself to owe them obedience as such, or because one erroneously treats them as a source of superior moral insight. We will then explore questions about the epistemology and metaphysics of genuine or licit moral authority, which is at least partly a matter of issuing, and not contradicting, independently valid moral requirements.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Not open to: undergraduates.

Comments Co-meets with PHIL 4433/SHUM 4633.

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  • 16508PHIL 6433  SEM 101