Summer 2018 - PHIL 825 G100

Selected Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (5)

Moral Epistemology

Class Number: 7303

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver



Selected Topics:  Moral Epistemology - Current Debates

[Note: this course is a joint SFU/UBC Seminar, taught by UBC, at the SFU Harbour Centre location. The course will run as intersession starting with May 14, for 3 hrs every Monday and Thursday. Last day of classes: June 21]

Important note regarding enrollment: only Philosophy graduate students (from SFU and UBC) have access to this course.
SFU graduate students - 3 steps for enrollment:
1. Enroll early in SFU PHIL 825
2. Start enrollment through the Western Dean's Agreement in the UBC course PHIL 530A . The paperwork for enrollment goes through SFU Graduate Studies office and takes longer than regular enrollment, so please plan early. 
3. Once your WDA has been approved, e-mail to be dropped out of SFU PHIL 825 

This seminar covers some key readings in moral epistemology over the last decade or so. We will cover ethical intuitions, empirical challenges to relying on them, debunking arguments, and moral testimony.




  • Paper (5000 words) 100%
  • 1 class presentation - 5 extra credit points


You will be asked to be point person for one class session during the term. This involves some presentation of the readings for that session (~20 mins total, usually covering 2 readings), after which you should be a strong and knowledgeable voice in the seminar for that day. How you present the material is up to you. Lecture, handout, PowerPoint . . . all is fair game. But you should demonstrate that you have thought hard about the readings and convey a good grasp of the key points. That said, raising issues that are genuinely unclear or underdeveloped is not a bad thing, and can benefit the group.   An exceptional job at this task can earn up to 5 extra credit points for the course.  

Your regular course mark (0-100 points) will be determined by the term paper, where you are asked to write a paper for the course that fits the guidelines of an APA symposium paper. Essentially, this boils down to a 5000 word limit paper exclusive of footnotes and bibliography.


You are expected to strictly adhere to UBC’s policies concerning academic integrity.   Be particularly careful not to plagiarize.
Violation of these policies can result in a zero for the class and additional administrative action.



Readings will be available for download through institutional access. Ask me if you are having trouble getting files.

Department Graduate Notes:

All graduate courses/sections are for Philosophy graduate students only. Students from other departments can only enroll with permission of the Philosophy department. Contact

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.