PHIL 401 Metaphysics
Section : 1
2010-2011 Fall
Name of Lecturer : Asst. Prof. Istvan Albert Aranyosi
E-mail address : aranyosi@bilkent.edu.tr
Ext. : 2528
Office : 114B
Office Hours & Location : Mondays 10:40 to 12:30

Assessment Methods
Assessment Method(%) Contribution to Final GradeDate Week
Homework20 0
Midterm:Essay/written25 0
Final:Essay/written30 0
In-class participation25 0

Minimum Requirements to Qualify for the Final Exam
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Readings
1
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 2009
Title: Metaphysics coursepack
Author(s): I. Aranyosi
Publisher: na


Type of Course
Lecture ---- Seminar ---- Tutorial ----


Teaching Methods
Assignment ---- Exercises ---- Independent study ---- Lecture ---- Presentations

Course Materials
Multimedia ---- Written


Course Contents
Week : 1
Introduction

Week : 2
Existence & ontological commitment.

Additional Information: W.V.O. Quine (1948), On what there is, Review of Metaphysics. Reprinted in his 1953 From a Logical Point of View. Harvard University Press. David Lewis (1990). Noneism or Allism? Mind 99 (393):23-31.
Week : 3
Nonbeing & Absence

Additional Information: C. B. Martin (1996). How It Is: Entities, Absences and Voids. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (1):57 ? 65. Roberto Casati & Achille C. Varzi (2004). Counting the Holes. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (1):23-27. István Aranyosi (2010). The Nature of Shadows, From Yale to Bilkent. Philosophy 85 (2):219-223.
Week : 4
Universals I: Realism versus Nominalism

Additional Information: David M. Armstrong, chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 from Universals and Scientific Realism (Volume I: Nominalism and Realism).
Week : 5
Universals II: Platonism versus Immanent Realism

Additional Information: David M. Armstrong, chapters 6, 7 from Universals and Scientific Realism (Volume I: Nominalism and Realism). I
Week : 6
Particulars I: Bare particulars versus Bundle Theory

Additional Information: Robert Merrihew Adams (1979) Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity. Journal of Philosophy 76 (1):5-26. Arda Denkel (2000) The Refutation of Substrata. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (2):431-439. Week 7 (26 Mon): Sun Demirli (forthcoming). Indiscernibility and Bundles in a Structure. Philosophical Studies.
Week : 7
Particulars II: Tropes

Additional Information: Aristotle, selections from Categories. Keith Campbell (1981) The metaphysic of abstract particulars, in P. French et al. (eds.) Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6, 477-88.
Week : 8
Midterm Exam (open book) (Nov 11 Wed): discussion of exam questions.

Week : 9
Identity & Persistence

Additional Information: David Lewis (2002). Tensing the Copula. Mind 111 (441). Theodore Sider (1996) All the Worlds a Stage. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (3):433-453.
Week : 10
Personal identity

Additional Information: Derek Parfit (1971). Personal Identity. Philosophical Review 80 (January):3-27. David B. Hershenov (2005). Do Dead Bodies Pose a Problem for Biological Approaches to Personal Identity? Mind 114 (453):31-59.
Week : 11
Time & Fate

Additional Information: Dean W. Zimmerman (2005) Temporary intrinsics and presentism. In P. Van Inwagen and D. Zimmerman (eds.) Metaphysics: the big questions. Blackwell. Richard Taylor (1962). Fatalism. Philosophical Review 71 (1):56-66.
Week : 12
Causation

Additional Information: Michael McDermott (1995) Redundant Causation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (4):523-544. Jonathan Schaffer (2000) Trumping preemption, Journal of Philosophy, 97 (4): 165-181.
Week : 13
Modality

Additional Information: Saul Kripke, Selections from Naming and Necessity David K. Lewis (1968) Counterpart Theory and Quantified Modal Logic. Journal of Philosophy 65 (5):113-126.
Week : 14
Mind and Body

Additional Information: David J. Chalmers (2003). Consciousness and its Place in Nature. In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell. István Aranyosi (forthcoming). A New Argument for Mind-Brain Identity. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Week : 15
Final Exams : 03.01.2011 - 13.01.2011