Jonathan Vertanen

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Philosophy

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Edward Pols House - 106

Teaching this semester

PHIL 2323. Moral Skepticism

Are there moral truths? Do evolutionary biology or disagreement about morality imply that there are not? If there are moral truths, are they objective, mind-independent features of reality, or do they depend on our opinions and preferences? Is the moral truth absolute or does it vary relative to cultures or individuals? Are moral statements even the sort of thing capable of truth or falsity? Is moral knowledge possible and if so, how? An introduction to metaethics and moral epistemology.


  • B.A. (Taylor)
  • M.A. (Missouri)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (Yale)