Metaphysics (Fall 2018)
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Bradley Rettler
OFFICE: Ross Hall 128
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 2:30ish-3:30, Friday 2-3, and by appointment
Schedule and Readings (readings are to be done by the day they are listed)
Aug 30: Introduction: What is Metaphysics?
Sep 4: Quine - ``On What There Is'' (KSK) -- Sample Critical Paper
Sep 6: Lewis and Lewis- ``Holes'' (KSK) (or if you prefer videos...)
Sep 13: Schaffer - ``On What Grounds What'' (KSK) (Those inclined can also read Rettler (2017))
Sep 18: Ontology, Review
Sep 20: Lewis - ``A Philosopher's Paradise'' (KSK)
Sep 25: van Inwagen - "Two Concepts of Possible Worlds"
Sep 27: Lewis - ``The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics'' (KSK)
Oct 2: Haslanger - ``Endurance and Temporary Intrinsics'' (KSK)
Oct 4: Thomson - ``Parthood and Identity Across Time'' (KSK)
Oct 11: Sider - ``Against Presentism''
Oct 16: Richard Taylor - ``Fatalism''
Oct 18: van Inwagen - The Consequence Argument
Oct 23: Sider - ``The Argument from Vagueness'' (KSK)
Oct 25: Vageueness, Continued
Oct 30: van Inwagen - Material Beings, Chapter 2
Nov 6: Olson - ``An Argument for Animalism'' (KSK)
Nov 8: Lynne Rudder Baker - ``The Ontological Status of Persons'' (KSK)
To be Determined by Poll
Nov 13: Haslanger - "Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?"
Nov 15: Sveinsdóttir - "The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender"
Nov 20: Mills - "But what are you really?"
Nov 22: NO CLASS -- THANKSGIVING
FINAL PAPERS DUE (if you want comments)
Dec 13: Final Exam, 1:15-3:15pm
FINAL PAPERS DUE (if you don't care about comments)
- Metaphysics of Artworks
- Metaphysics of Color
- Metaphysics of Death
- Metaphysics of Disability
- Metaphysics of Fictional Characters
- Metaphysics of Gender
- Metaphysics of Music
- Metaphysics of Race
- Metaphysics of Sexual Orientation
- Theories of Objects
- Theories of Properties