Topics in Ontology (5 cr)
- Academic year
- Department of Philosophy
- Universitat de Barcelona
- Master courses
- Module 7. Issues in Contemporary Theoretical and Practical Philosophy
- 2013-02-22 - 2013-05-24
- Fri. 14-17
- Room 401, Fac. Filosofia, UB
(Provisional, more detailed information will appear here in due course.)
Introduction to Metaphysics, through the discussion of some of the core issues:
1. Abstract Entities
2. Modality and Possible Worlds
3. Personal Identity
7. Kinds and Arbitrariness
The seminar will be vertebrated by the discussion of the papers in the Bibliography . Except for the first introductory one, sessions will begin by short critical presentations by students, followed by open general discussion, led by the instructor.
Sessions: three-hour sessions (2’5 presentation & discussion; 0’5 tutorials)
40% presentation and participation in the discussions.
60% two short critical essays (2000-3000 words approx), in connection with two of the nine sections.
Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics, edited by Sider, Hawthorne & Zimerman (Blackwell 2008).
Constitution Is Not Identity, Mark Johnston(1992), Mind, Vol.101.
Many, but Almost One, David Lewis (1993), in Ontology, Causality and Mind: Essays in Honour of D M Armstrong, edited by Bacon (Cambridge University Press). Reprinted in his Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology (1999), (Cambridge University Press)
Strange Kinds, Familiar Kinds, and the Charge of Arbitrariness, Daniel Korman (2010), in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, edited by Zimmerman (OUP)
Further references to be provided in due course.