Reading Assignments




PART I: DESIRES, BELIEFS, AND ACTING FOR  A REASON

Week 1: January 22: Introduction: Reasons, Values, and Acting for a Reason
Reading: Parfit, Ch 1
Velleman, ‘What Happens When Someone Acts?’
Korsgaard, ‘Acting for a Reason’ at  http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/%7Ekorsgaar/CMK.Acting.for.a.Reason.pdf

Week 2: January 29: Responding to Reasons

Reading: Railton, ‘Engaging Reason: The Problem of Regress’
Railton, ‘Practical Competence and Fluent Agency’

Week 3: Feb 5: Desires, Well-Being, and Rationality
Reading
: Railton, “Kant meets Aristotle where Reason meets Appetite”
Railton, “Well-being, Happiness, and Inequality”
Well-being, Happiness, and Inequality Graphs

Week 4: Feb 12: (Peter Railton visits): Belief and Rationality
Reading
: Railton, “Rational Desire and Rationality in Desire

Week 5: Feb 19: (Peter Railton visits): Desire, Rationality, and Acting for a Reason
Reading
: Railton, “Rational Desire and Rationality in Desire

PART II: REASONS AND VALUES

Week 6: Feb 26: Objective and Subjective Accounts of Reasons
Reading: Parfit, Chs 2-3 (see link the Parfit, Excerpts from On What Matters below)
Chang, “Can Desires Provide Reasons for Action?’

 Week 7: Mar 5: A Naturalist Account of Value
Background Reading: Railton, ‘Moral Realism’ and ‘Aesthetic Value, Moral Value, and the Ambitions of Naturalism’
Reading: Railton, ‘Aesthetic Value as a Tertiary Quality

 Week 8: March 12: (Michael Smith visits) Beyond the Error Theory
Background reading: Mackie, Ch 1 Inventing Right and Wrong  (in Xerox Room)
Reading
: Michael Smith, ‘Beyond the Error Theory’ at http://www.princeton.edu/~msmith/mypapers/Beyond%20the%20Error%20Theory.pdf

Spring Break

PART III: NORMATIVE NONNATURALISM

All readings from Parfit, On What Matters, excerpts, linked here.

Week 9: TUESDAY CLASS March 24 (Parfit): Subjectivism and Analytical Naturalism
Reading: Parfit, Chs 4, 24

Week 10: April 2 (Parfit): NonAnalytical Naturalism
Reading: Parfit, Chs 25-26

Week 11: April 9 (Parfit): The Triviality Objection
Reading: Parfit, Chs 26-27

Week 12: April 16 (Parfit): Noncognitivism, Normativity, and Truth
Reading: Parfit, Chs 27-28

Week 13: April 23 (Parfit): Arguments against Nonnaturalist Normative Realism
Reading: Parfit, Chs 29 -30

Week 14: April 30 (Parfit): Arguments against Nonnaturalist Normative Realism
Reading: Parfit, Chs 29-30