Week 6: Epistemology – Knowledge and Values

  1. This week, as we continue setting a foundation for deeper examination of religion and the environment, we will focus on questions like: What are values? What does it mean to know something in ethics?
  2. We will explore different approaches to doing ethics (e.g., utilitarian v deontological perspectives), and wrestle with philosophical critiques of relativism, which is the view that “what is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me is true for me” — a view challenged with self-refutation given that it expresses something that is supposed to be true for everyone!
  3. By addressing foundational questions such as these, part of our aim is to eliminate “convenient” intellectual cop-outs that tend to short-circuit deeper conversations about challenging and contrary ideas, while hopefully gaining a richer basis for discussion and understanding.