Metaphysics

Syllabus

Notes

Readings

Click on name of author if the name is underlined. The links should now work from home, too. The readings may be changed, so please check back to this page a week before each class. More readings will be added as the course progresses.

Identity

Free will

Mind

         For Feb. 16:  Descartes, Meditations, I-II; Churchland (click on “Click to access the electronic book”), Chapter II

        For Feb. 18: Searle

         For Feb. 23: None

         For Feb. 25: Lewis (chapter 7: “An Argument for the Identity Theory”)

         For Mar. 1: Jackson; more Jackson

Universals

         For Mar. 3: Plato, Phaedo 73b-76c (you get read it online in the NLX Library); Russell, Problems of Philosophy, Chapter 9 and Chapter 10

         For Mar. 15: Edgington (Dougherty will talk about vagueness)

         For Mar. 17: SEP on nominalism; we’ll also talk about tropes

         For Mar. 22: Goodman and Quine [see Section 3 of this article for an explanation of the dot notation]; Wetzel

Substances and bundles

Modality

  • For Mar. 31: Pruss (emailed)
  • For Apr. 5: Pruss

Time

  • For Apr. 7: McTaggart; Williams
  • For Apr. 14: Try to make sense of McTaggart
  • For Apr. 19: Smith; Beer
  • For Apr. 21: Einstein, Chapters 8 and 9

Causation

  • For Apr. 26: Lewis, chapter 21 on causation
  • For Apr. 28: Pruss, up to the end of section 2.2.5 plus 2.2.7