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Intermediate Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Module 1

Welcome to Module 1: Introduction to Relativism. In this module, we will explore how current issues in public debate (climate change denial, fake news, vaccine skepticism, religious and political extremism) trade on relativism, and how relativism may be thought of as being a source of good by promoting pluralism and tolerance. We will begin by defining Relativism, and review the various forms, including faultless disagreement, relativism of difference, and local vs. global Relativism.

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2 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 reading
The What and Why of Relativism1h 15m
1 practice exercise
Introduction to Relativism30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Module 2

Welcome to Module 2: Alethic Relativism. This week we will explore the structure of alethic relativism in Protagoras’ philosophy, examine the structure of contemporary alethic relativism, and identify the main objections to both forms of alethic relativism.

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1 video (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 video
1 reading
Alethic Relativism: Relativising truth1h 15m
1 practice exercise
Alethic Relativism30m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Module 3

Welcome to Module 3: Epistemic Relativism. In this module we will explore the structure of epistemic relativism and identify how epistemic relativism can be used to explain important events in the history of science and crucial discoveries in anthropology. We will also review the main objections to epistemic relativism and examine how the data provided by the history of science and anthropology could be understood without appealing to epistemic relativism.

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1 video (Total 8 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 video
1 reading
Epistemic Relativism: Relativising Knowledge and Justification1h 15m
1 practice exercise
Epistemic Relativism30m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Module 4

Welcome to Module 4: Moral Relativism. In this module we will explore the structure and framework of ethical relativism and review alethic relativism and relativism of distance as applied to ethics. We will identify the main objections to these forms of ethical relativism and recognize the difficulty of formulating a coherent relativist proposal. Finally, course participants are asked to apply their understanding of one of the forms of relativism and create a presentation to share their personal perspective.

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1 video (Total 11 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
1 video
2 readings
Ethical Relativism: Relativizing Morals1h 15m
Epilogue30m
1 practice exercise
Moral Relativism30m

Instructor

Annalisa Coliva

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

About University of California, Irvine

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