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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Metaphysics Reading Group

The Metaphysics Reading Group (MRG) is a reading group for all things metaphysics. It is run by postgraduate students in the philosophy department in Durham University, and is open to all students and staff. The topics are decided by the group, often with one discussion naturally suggesting a reading for the following week. There are no fixed restrictions on the topics, our intentions being to run with the interests of the group. Please find below a (more or less complete) list of past readings. The meetings will take place at 5pm on Friday each week through term time in our Departmental Library, 50/51 Old Elvet. The meetings are usually followed by a trip to a coffee shop or a public house. Each meeting is based on a reading which will have been read beforehand, usually a journal article or a chapter from a book. Meetings begin with a volunteer giving a brief introduction to the reading, followed by a lively discussion.

Session dates follow:

Michaelmas Term 2018/19 - 28th September 2018 to 14th December 2018: Departmental Library, 50/51 Old Elvet, commencing at 5pm

Epiphany Term 2018/19 - 18th January 2019 to 22nd March 2019: Departmental Library, 50/51 Old Elvet, commencing at 5pm

Easter Term 2018/19 - 03rd May 2019 to 28th June 2019: Departmental Library, 50/51 Old Elvet, commencing at 5pm

**Please note that any additional sessions held out of term time will take place in our Departmental Seminar Room in 50/51 Old Elvet. Sessions typically run until the end of Easter Term each year

Next Session:

Friday 05th July 2019 from *4*pm (Departmental Library, 50/51 Old Elvet)
This week we will read and discuss a paper by Markku Keinanen titled 'Tropes - The Basic Constituents of Powerful Particulars?'

Contact:
Giacomo Giannini - giacomo.giannini@durham.ac.uk

Previous Sessions Below:

Friday 28th June 2019 from *4*pm

This week we will read and discuss a paper on the 'Applicability of mathematics to physical modality' by Nora Berenstain.

Friday 21st June 2019 from *4* pm

This week we will read and discuss a paper by our own Jamie Taylor

Friday 7th June 2019 from *4pm*

When Meets Cosmos', we will read Itay Shani and Joachim Keppler's paper, ' Beyond Combination: How Cosmic Consciousness Grounds Ordinary Experience'.

Friday 10th May 2019 from *4pm*

Anna-Sofia Maurin's Infinite Regress - Vice or Virtue?

Friday 12th April 2019 from *4pm*

Bradford Skow's Experience and the Passage of Time.

Friday 05th April 2019 from *4*pm

Dana Goswick's The Hard Question of Hylomorphism

Friday 29th March 2019 from *4* pm

Graeme Forbes' 'The Growing Block's past problems'

Friday 22nd March 2019 from *4* pm

Fabrice Correia and Alexander Skiles' 'Grounding, Essence, and Identity'.

Friday 15th March 2019, 5pm

Mike Raven's paper 'Explaining Essences'.

Friday 08th March 2019, 5pm

This week we will read and discuss a paper on Universals by our very own William Peden

Friday 01st March 2019, 5pm

Graham Priest' One. This week we will focus on chapters 13 to 15

Friday 15th February 2019, 5pm

Graham Priest' One. This week we will focus on the Buddhist Themes part reading chapters 11 and 12

Friday 08th February 2019, 5pm

Graham Priest' One. This week we will read chapters 7 and 8.

Friday 01st February 2019 from 5pm

Graham Priest' One. Chapters 5 and 6 (A case of Mistaken Identity and Enter Parmenides).

Friday 25th January 2019 from 5pm

Graham Priest 'One - This week we will read chapters 3 and 4 (Forms, Universals, and Instantiation & Being and Nothing).

Friday 18th January 2019 from 5pm

Graham Priest' One - This week we will start with chapters 1 and 2 ('Gluons and their wicked ways' and 'gluons and identity')

Friday 7th December 2018 from 5pm

Dumsday's 'How to Be a Pluralist in Substance Ontology'

Friday 30th November 2018 from 5pm

David Yates' 'Dispositionalism and the modal operator'.

Friday 23rd November 2018 from 5pm

Anand Vaydia and Michael Wallner's 'The Epistemology of Modality and the problem of modal epistemic friction'.

Friday 16th November 2018 from 5pm

Mark Colyvan's 'Can the Eleatic Principle be Justified?'

Friday 9th November 2018 from 5pm

Naomi Thompson's 'Metaphysical Interdependence'

Friday 2nd November 2018 from 5pm

Anna-Sofia Maurin's 'Trope Theory and Bradley Regress'.

Friday 26th October 2018 from 5pm

Franz Berto's 'Impossible Worlds and the Logic of Imagination'

Friday 19th October 2018 from 5pm

David Hull's 'The Metaphysics of Evolution'.

Friday 12th October 2018 from 5 pm

David Yates' Inverse Functionalism and the Individuation of Powers: https://philpapers.org/rec/YATIFA.

Friday 28th September 2018from 5pm

Gareth Evans' 'Can There Be Vague Objects?'

Friday 29th June 2018 from 5pm

Josh Parsons' 'The Eleatic Hangover Cure'

Friday 15th June 2018 from 5pm

Shamik Dasgupta's 'Constitutive Explanation'

Wednesday 06th June 2018 from 4pm

Nathan Wildman's 'Against the reduction of modality to essence'

Wednesday 30th May 2018 from 4 pm

Michael Rea's 'Hylomorphism Reconditioned'.

Wednesday 09th May 2018 from 4 pm

Anna-Sofia Maurin's paper: 'Grounding and Metaphysical Explanation: Is complicated'.

Wednesday 02nd May 2018 from 4pm

Jessica Wilson's 'What is Hume's Dictum, and why Believe it?'

Wednesday 14th March 2018 from 4 pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. In particular, we will finish reading the fourth chapter – sections 4.5 to 4.8.

Wednesday 07th March 2018 from 4 pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. In particular, we will read sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 of the fourth chapter,
The moving spotlight.

Wednesday 28th February 2018 from 4 pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. In particular, read the third chapter, 'On giving an ontological account of tense'.

Wednesday 21st February 2018 from 4 pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. In particular, we'll finish reading the second chapter, A-theories to Presentism? from paragraph 2.3 onward.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 5pm

Tuomas Tahko will give a paper on Biochemical Kinds.

Wednesday 07th February 2018 from 4pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. This week we will read sections 2.1 and 2.2of the second chapter, 'From A Theory to Presentism?'.

Wednesday 07th February 2018 from 4pm

Ross Cameron's latest book, The Moving Spotlight. This week we will read the first chapter, 'From A-theory to Presentism?'.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 from 4pm

Joshua Spencer's 'A tale of two simples' - https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098-008-9291-4

Wednesday 24th January 2018 from *5pm*

Tobias Wilsch's 'Sophisticated Modal Primitivism' https://philpapers.org/rec/WILSMP-3

Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 4pm

Joaquim Giannotti - 'Ontological Fundamentality'

Wednesday 13th December 2017, from 4pm

Impossible Worlds by Mark Jago

Wednesday 6th December 2017, from 4pm

'Against Grounding Necessitarianism' by Alexander Skiles: https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-014-9669-y

Wednesday 29thNovember 2017 from 4pm

'A Strengthening of the consequence argument for incompatibilism' by J. Gustafsson: https://philpapers.org/rec/GUSASO-3

Wednesday 15thNovember 2017 from 4pm

'Criteria for the Ontological Commitments of Discourse' of Jodi Azzouni's Deflating Existential Consequence: https://library.dur.ac.uk/search~S1?/Yazzouni&searchscope=1&SORT=D/Yazzouni&searchscope=1&SORT=D&SUBKEY=azzouni/1%2C7%2C7%2CE/frameset&FF=Yazzouni&searchscope=1&SORT=D&3%2C3%2C

Wednesday 15/11/2017 from 4pm

Chad Carmichael's 'Deep Platonism': http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/phpr.12190/asset/phpr12190.pdf?v=1&t=j9sef9wn&s=4da7e76506dba2d94558e0b221452f23734b5c3a

Wednesday 08/11/2017 from 4 pm

Michael Jubien's 'The Myth of Identity Conditions': https://philpapers.org/rec/JUBTMO

Wednesday 04th November 2017 from 4pm

Christopher E. Franklin, 'Farewell to the Luck (and Mind) argument': https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098-010-9583-3

Wednesday
25th October 2017 from 4pm

**There was no meeting on Wednesday 25th October 2017**

Wednesday 18/10/2017 from 4 pm

Manley and Wasserman's 'A Gradable approach to Dispositions': https://philpapers.org/rec/MANAGA-2

Friday 13th October 2017, 4pm

'Defining "intrinsic" by David Lewis and Raoe Langton: https://philpapers.org/rec/LANDI

Friday 29/09/2017 from 4pm

'The minimal A-theory' by Meghan Sullivan

Friday 14/07/2017 from 4 pm

'The Ground Between the Gaps' by Jonathan Schaffer: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/p/pod/dod-idx/ground-between-the-gaps.pdf?c=phimp;idno=3521354.0017.011

Friday 07th July 2017, 4pm

'What is a consequence argument an argument for?' by Brian Cutter

23rd June 2017, 4pm

'Illusions of Gunk' by J.R.G. Williams: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1520-8583.2006.00117.x/pdf

16th June 2017, 4pm

Rafael d'Aversa (York University) 'On the vailidity of moral arguments'.

09/06/2017

There was no Metaphysics Reading Group this week

Friday 02/06/2017, 4pm

'Back to the Open Future' by Elizabeth Barnes and Ross Cameron: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1520-8583.2011.00206.x/epdf

Friday 26/05/2017, 4pm

"The Open Future: Bivalence, Determinism and Ontology' by Elizabeth Barnes and Ross Cameron: https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/27734518.pdf

Friday 19/05/2017, 4pm

This week Byougjae Kim will be fiving a talk titled the "Spontaneity of Monads".

11/05/17, 6pm

This week we will be reading 'Monism: The Islands of Plurality' by Sam Baron and Jonathan Tallant: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/phpr.12270/pdf

04/05/17

For this week's meeting of MRG there will be a guest lecture given by Professor John Heil this Friday (05/05/2017), titled "Category Mistakes" in Room PO005, 48/49 Old Elvet at 5:30 pm.

27/04/17, 6pm

This week Pedro Merlussi will give a talk titled 'Changing the Past (and the Present Too)'

07/04/17

'Dispositional Essentialism at the Laws of Nature' chapter of 'Nature's Metaphysics' by Alexander Bird.

31/03/17

This week we will be reading the section on dispositions of the Dispositions chapter of 'Nature's Metaphysics' by Alexander Bird. This follows on from reading the section about properties last week.

24/03/17

This week we will be reading the section on properties of the Dispositions chapter of 'Nature's Metaphysics' by Alexander Bird.
This session will take place from 4pm in our Departmental Seminar Room

17/03/17

There will be another joint Metaphysics and Aesthetics Reading Group meeting this Friday (17/03/2017) from 6 pm (Departmental Seminar Room, 50/51 Old Elvet). This week we will be reading 'What are aesthetic properties?' by Jerrold Levinson: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.001.0001/acprof-9780199206179-chapter-21

10/03/17

There will be a joint Metaphysics and Aesthetics meeting this Friday (10/03/2017) from 6 pm (Departmental Seminar Room, 50/51 Old Elvet). This week we will be reading "Artworks as Historical Individuals": http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0378.00182/abstract.

03/03/17

This week we will be reading 'Monism, Emergence, and Plural Logic' by Einar Bohn.

24/02/17

'A Case for Extrinsic Dispositions' by Jennifer McKitrick: http://aap.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/713659629?needAccess=true

17/02/17

'Carnap and Ontological Pluralism' by Matti Eklund

10/02/17

'A Better Best System Account of Lawhood' by Jonathan Cohen and Craig Callendar: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098-009-9389-3

03/02/17

'Mulitilocation and Mereology' by Sheiva Kleinschmidt: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1520-8583.2011.00215.x/epdf

27/01/17

'The Location of Properties' by Nikk Effingham: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nous.12093/epdf

20/01/17

'The Varieties of Necessity' by Kit Fine http://philosophy.fas.nyu.edu/docs/IO/1160/necessity.pdf

16/12/16

'The Varieties of Necessity' by Kit Fine: http://philosophy.fas.nyu.edu/docs/IO/1160/necessity.pdf

09/12/16

'Quantitative Parsimony and the Metaphysics of Time: Motivating Presentism' by Jonathan Tallant: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00617.x/pdf

02/12/16

This week we will be reading 'Are abilities dispositions?' by Barbara Vetter

25/11/16

There was no MRG This week

18/11/16

'An Essay on Eden' by Hud Hudson: https://www.pdcnet.org/collection/authorizedshow?id=faithphil_2010_0027_0003_0273_0286&file_type=pdf

11/11/16

'Fictional Theism' by Roy Sorensen: http://analysis.oxfordjournals.org/content/75/4/539.full.pdf+html

04/11/16

This week we will be reading 'Grounding and Supplementation' by T. Scott Dixon: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-015-9744-z

28/10/16

'Dispositional Essentialism and the Possibility of a Law Abiding Miracle' by Toby Handfield: http://pq.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/205/484.full.pdf+html

21/10/16

'Ontological cheats might just proper' by Jonathan Tallant: https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/40607652.pdf

14/10/16

'Survival and Identity' by David Lewis (http://www.andrewmbailey.com/dkl/Survival_and_Identity.pdf).

30/09/16

'Beyond Atomism' by Aaron Cotnoir (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~ac117/papers/Atomic.pdf)

23/09/16

'Local Miracle Compatibilism' by Helen Beebee

09/09/16

'Composition as General Identity' by Aaron J. Cotnoir: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~ac117/papers/CAGI%20Proofs.pdf

15/07/16

The Argument from Vagueness for Modal Parts

08/07/16

'On Locating Composite Objects' by Jacek Brzozowski: http://philrsss.anu.edu.au/people-defaults/jacek/locating_objects.pdf

24/06/16

Jamie Taylor: Priority Monism and Junk

10/06/16

Jonas Christensen: Determinable-determinate relation and realization. This talk was a response to a paper from Jessica Wilson.

03/06/16

Peter Fazekas (2009): Reconsidering the Role of Bridge Laws In Inter-theoretical Reductions. Erkenntnis 71:303–322

27/05/16

There was no MRG this week

20/05/16

There was no MRG this week

13/05/16

There was no MRG this week

06/05/16

Jessica M. Wilson (2011). Non-Reductive Realization and the Powers-Based Subset Strategy. The Monist (Issue on Powers) 94 (1):121-154.

11/03/16

C. Gillett (2010): Moving beyond the subset model of realization: The problem of qualitative distinctness in the metaphysics of science. In: Synthese, Volume 177, Issue 2, pp 165-192 http://link.springer.com.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/article/10.1007/s11229-010-9840-1

19/02/16

This week we read a paper on grounding from Jonathan Schaffer: http://www.jonathanschaffer.org/groundtrans.pdf

12/02/16

libertarianism: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098-012-0042-1

05/02/16

We read a paper on causation and the problem of transitivity in the context of contrastive counterfactual theories of causation by Gergely Kertesz (University of Durham)

29/01/16

This week we read a paper from a regular attendee of our meetings, Pedro Merlussi

11/12/15

Louise M. Antony 1999, "Multiple Realizability, Projectibility, and the Reality of Mental Properties." Philosophical Topics, Vol. 26, No. 1/2, (The Philosophy of Sydney Shoemaker), pp. 1-24

04/12/15

Heil, J. 2011, "powers and the Realization Relation". The Monist, Vol.94, No.1, Powers (January 2011), pp. 34-53

27/11/15

Kim, J. 1992, “Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 52:1-26.

20/11/15

There was no reading group this week.

13/11/15

C.B. Martin How it is: Entities, absences and voids.Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 74, Iss. 1, 1996 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00048409612347061

06/11/15

Beebee, Helen (2004): Causing and Nothingness. In John Collins, Ned Hall & Laurie Paul (eds.), Causation and Counterfactuals. The MIT Press

30/10/15

Hall, Ned (2004). Two concepts of causation. In John Collins, Ned Hall and Laurie Paul (eds.), Causation and Counterfactuals. The MIT Press 225-276

23/10/15

M Ramachandran, 1997. A counterfactual analysis of causation. Mind 106: 263-277. - http://mind.oxfordjournals.org/content/106/422/263.short

16/10/15

Lewis, D., 1973b. “Causation”, Journal of Philosophy, 70: 556–67. Reprinted in his (1986a)

05/06/15

There was no Reading Group this week

29/05/15

Maurin's paper 'Bradley's Regress' (Philosophy Compass 7/11 (2012): 794–807).

22/05/15

Alexander Bird's 'The Regress of Pure Powers' which can be found here http://eis.bris.ac.uk/~plajb/research/papers/Regress.pdf

08/05/15

Lewis' paper 'Truthmaking and Difference-Making' (NOÛS 35:4, 2001, 602–615).

01/05/15

Dodd’s paper ‘Negative truths and truthmaker principles’ (which can be found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27653521?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents).

24/04/15

Ross Cameron’s 2008 paper "Truthmakers and Ontological Commitment: Or How to Deal with Complex Objects and Mathematical Ontology without Getting Into Trouble" (Philosophical Studies;Jul2008, Vol. 140 Issue 1).

17/04/15

Ross Cameron’s 2008 paper "Truthmakers and Ontological Commitment: Or How to Deal with Complex Objects and Mathematical Ontology without Getting Into Trouble" (Philosophical Studies;Jul2008, Vol. 140 Issue 1).

04/04/15

There was no reading group this week

27/04/15

Rodriguez-Pereyra's 'Why Truthmakers' which has appeared in two seminal collected volumes on truthmaking by Beebee and Dodd in 2005, and Lowe and Rami in 2009 (for those interested, the later book also contains a postscript to the paper in which Rodriguez-Pereyra responds to objections posed between the time of the two publications).

13/03/15

This week at the MRG we’ll be continuing our discussion of the relationship between Jonathan Lowe’s conception of the fact-event distinction and his account of substance causation. We’ll be reading Chapter 11 of his book The Possibility of Metaphysics which is title ‘Facts and the World’. The full text of the book is available electronically via the University Library website.

06/03/15

Over the next couple of weeks at the MRG we are going to be looking at the relationship between E. J. Lowe’s conception of substance causation and his claim that mental causation can be defended via an appeal to a distinction between fact causation and event causation. The first reading on this topic will be the chapter ‘Event Causation and Agent Causation’ from his 2008 book Personal Agency

27/02/15

There was no MRG this week

20/02/15

Arnadottir and Crane's 'There is No Exclusion Problem'

13/02/15

Sydney Shoemaker's paper 'Physical Realization without Preemption'

06/02/15

David Papineau’s paper ‘Causation is Macroscopic but not Irreducible’

30/01/15

David Papineau’s paper ‘Causation is Macroscopic but not Irreducible’

23/01/15

E J Lowe’s paper ‘Substance Causation, Powers, and Human Agency’ (In S. C. Gibb, E. J. Lowe & R. D. Ingthorsson (eds.), Mental Causation and Ontology. Oxford Up. 153--172 (2013)).

16/01/15

John Heil, who is a visiting IAS fellow at Durham this term, on the nature of properties titled ‘Accidents, Modes, Tropes and Universals’, a pdf copy of which can be found here: http://apq.press.illinois.edu/view.php?vol=51&iss=4&f=heil.pdf

12/12/14

Mumford and Anjum’s ‘Getting Causes from Powers’ by Luke Glynn which can be found here:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/9723/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-of-getting-causes-from-powers-by-stephen-mumford-and-rani-lill-anjum

05/12/14

Chapter 8 of Mumford and Anjum's 'Getting Causes from Powers'.

28/11/14

Discussing Chapter 6 of Mumford and Anjum's 'Getting Causes from Powers'.

07/11/14

Mumford and Anjum’s ‘Getting Causes from Powers’, reading and discussing chapter 2.

31/10/14

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum’s recent book “Getting Causes from Powers”

24/10/14

Presentism and Properties: John Bigelow
Source: Noûs, Vol. 30, Supplement: Philosophical Perspectives, 10, Metaphysics, 1996 (1996)

17/10/14

The Myth of Passage by Donald C Williams. The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 48, No. 15 (Jul. 19, 1951), pp. 457-472

10/10/14

Shoemaker's paper 'Time Without Change' (The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 66, No. 12 (Jun. 19, 1969), pp. 363-381),
which discusses the possibility of world where time sometimes freezes locally, whilst it runs along elsewhere perfectly normally.

25/09/14

Dispositionalism, Metaphysical Necessity and Anscombe's Solution.

19/09/14

David Lewis' review of the book 'A World of Truthmakers?', which can be found in
volume two of 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology.

12/09/14

Chapters 16 and 17 of Amstrong's 'A world of states of affairs'.

05/09/14

Chapter 15 ‘Laws I’ of Armstrong’s ‘A World of States of Affairs’.

29/08/14

There was no meeting this week.

22/08/14

Chapters 13 and 14 ('Totality States of Affairs' and 'Singular Causation') of Armstrong's 'A World of States of Affairs'.

15/08/14

Chapters 11 and 12 (‘Numbers’ and ‘Classes’) of Armstrong’s ‘A World of States of Affairs’.

08/08/14

Armstrong's book 'A World of States of Affairs'

01/08/14

Armstrong's book 'A World of States of Affairs'

25/07/14

There was no MRG this week.

18/07/14

Armstrong's book 'A World of States of Affairs', looking at Chapter 9, 'Independence'.

11/07/14

Armstrong's 'A World of States of Affairs' - chapter 8, entitled 'States of Affairs'.

04/07/14

Chapter 7 of Armstrong's 'A World of States of Affairs', on 'Particulars'

27/06/14

D. M. Armstrong's 'A World of States of Affairs'; this week, we'll be reading and discussing Chapter Six: Relations.

20/06/14

D.M. Armstrong's 'A World of States of Affairs'; this week, we will be reading and discussing Chapter Five: Powers and Dispositions

13/06/14

There was no meeting this week.

06/06/14

D. M. Armstrong’s ‘A World of States of Affairs’. In this session we will be looking at Properties II.

30/05/14

D. M. Armstrong’s ‘A World of States of Affairs’. We will be discussing chapter 3 ‘Properties I’.

23/05/14

D. M. Armstrong's seminal 1997 book ‘A World of States of Affairs’, which is available as an e-text through the Durham Library website.

09/05/14

Higginbotham's 'Remarks on Metaphysics and Linguistics

04/04/14

Lowe's paper 'New directions in metaphysics and ontology' (Axiomathes 18, 2008, 273-88).

28/03/14

There was no reading group this week

21/03/14

Chapter 4 of Lowe’s recent book ‘Forms of Thought’ (available through the library website), in which he develops a logic in which to express his favoured four-category ontology.

14/03/14

E J Lowe's Paper on the Ontological Argument - A New Modal Version of the Ontological Argument

28/02/14

E. J. Lowe’s 1985 paper ‘If A and B then A’ (Analysis, 45, 93-98).

14/02/14

Lowe’s ‘Four Category Ontology’, which can be accessed via the library website, looking at 'Rmsey's problem and it's solution'. The text is available via the University Library Website.

31/01/14

Lowe’s ‘Four Category Ontology’, which can be accessed via the library website, looking at Part II sections 8 and 9, which discuss dispositions, laws, kinds and essences.

24/01/14

Chapters one and two of The Four-Category Ontology, ‘Ontological Categories and Categorial Schemes’ and ‘The Four-Category Ontology and its Rivals’ – the text is available online through the Durham University website.

13/12/13

The imagined debate between Argle, Bargle, Cargle, Dargle and Zargle that plays out over three papers (attached) – Lewis and Lewis 1970, ‘Holes’; Lewis and Lewis 1996, ‘Review of Casati and Varzi’, and Casati and Varzi 2004 ‘Counting the Holes’. (Although three papers sounds like a lot, it’s about 12 pages in total, and in dialogue form too, so pretty quick to read).

06/12/13

Woodward's paper "Causation, Physics and the Constitution of Reality"

29/11/13

Norton's paper "Causation as Folk Science"

22/11/13

Panu Raatikainen's paper 'Causation, Exclusion and the Special Sciences', which is forthcoming in Erkenntnis and can be accessed here: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/4521/1/Causation,_Exclusion_and_the_Special_Sciences.pdf

08/11/13

Section 4 of Ladyman and Ross’ paper ‘The World in the Data’

01/11/13

Sections 1-3 of Ladyman and Ross’ paper ‘The World in the Data’

25/10/13

'Scientific Ontology and Speculative Ontology' by Paul Humphreys

15/10/13

As the CHESS Launch Event was happening, there was no MRG this week

04/10/13

There was no MRG this week

27/09/13

Short paper from the most recent issue of Analysis on mereology and fundamentality by Jonathan Tallant - 'Problems of parthood for proponents of priority'. (Analysis 73 pp.429-438 2013 - available here

13/09/13

Sections 1-5, up to page 933 of E. J. Lowe's 'What is the source of our knowledge of modal truths' (Mind, 121, 2012).

06/09/13

Huw Price's 2002 paper "Truth as Convenient Friction" which can be found here http://prce.hu/w/preprints/truth-as-friction2.pdf

23/08/13

Huw Price's 2002 paper "Truth as Convenient Friction" which can be found here http://prce.hu/w/preprints/truth-as-friction2.pdf

09/08/13

Thomasson's paper 'Fictional entities' http://www.class.uh.edu/phil/garson/Thomasson%20-%20Fictional%20Entities.pdf

19/07/13

David Lewis' 'Truth in Fiction', 1978, American Philosophical Quarterly http://www.jstor.org/stable/20009693

21/06/13

The second half of Jessica Wilson's paper on metaphysical indeterminacy, which can be found on her website here: http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/

07/06/13

Barnes and Williams' paper 'A Theory of Metaphysical Indeterminacy'. We will be focussing our discussion on sections I and II.

31/05/13

Gibbard's paper 'Contingent Identity' which can found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30226117

24/05/13

Contingent Identity' by Gibbard, which can found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30226117

17/05/13

Three short papers all on the topic of composition (these only add up to about 15 pages all together):
McDaniel, K., 2008, ‘Against Composition as Identity’, Analysis 68: 128-133
Mellor, D. H., 2006, ‘Wholes and Parts: The Limits of Composition’, South African Journal of Philosophy 25: 138-145
Merricks, T., 1999, ‘Composition as Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Counterpart Theory’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77: 192-195

10/05/13

The second half of Sider's paper 'Parthood' (2007, Philosophical Review, 116).

03/05/13

Ted Sider's 2007 paper 'Parthood' (Philosophical Review, 116, pp. 51-91). This week we will be looking at sections 1-3 of the paper

26/04/13

Lewis' "Counterfactual Dependence and Time's Arrow", Nous, 13, 1979.

19/04/13

No session this week

22/03/13

Bringing About the Past by Michael Dummett - The Philosophical Review Vol. 73, No. 3 (Jul., 1964), pp. 338-359

15/03/13

"Up and Down, Left and Right, Past and Future" by Lawrence Sklar (Noûs Vol. 15, No. 2 (May, 1981), pp. 111-129).

08/03/13

''The paradoxes of time travel' by Lewis (1976).

01/03/13

"Distinguishing Universals From Particulars," 64 (2004) Analysis pp. 326-332 by Douglas Ehring.

22/02/13

Fraser MacBrides paper 'The Particular Universal Distinction: a Dogma of Metaphysics?' (Mind, 2005, 114, pp. 565-614).

15/02/13

Frank Ramsey's 1925 paper 'Universals' (Mind, Vol 34, No 136). This can be accessed on jStor via the library website.

08/02/13

Shaffer's paper on Monism - looking at the second section. There is also an appendix detailing some historical observations http://www.jonathanschaffer.org/monism.pdf

01/02/13

Shaffer, J. 'Monism: The Priority of the Whole' http://www.jonathanschaffer.org/monism.pdf

25/01/13

Shaffer, J. 'Monism: The Priority of the Whole' http://www.jonathanschaffer.org/monism.pdf

18/01/13

Williams, N. (2010) Puzzling Powers: the Problem of Fit in Mamadoro (ed) The Metaphysics of Powers. The paper is also available online at: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~new/Puzzling%20Powers%20Final%20Draft.pdf

14/12/12

The Metaphysics of Powers, discussing an article by Handfield titled 'Dispositions, Manifestations and Causal Structure'. It is to be found in the Marmodoro book

07/12/12

EJ Lowe's "On the Individuation of Powers" (from Marmodoro, A ed. 'The Metaphysics of Powers: their grounding and their manifestations', pp. 8-26)

30/11/12

Ted Sider's 'Hirsch's attack on Ontologese' that is forthcoming in Nous but which you can access on philpapers.

23/11/12

Hirsch - 'Quantifier Variance and Realism' (Noûs 36 (s1):51 - 73). We're going to be focussing discussion on sections 1-5.

16/11/12

Putnam's "Realism and Reason" (Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, Vol. 50, No. 6(Aug., 1977), pp. 483-498).

09/11/12

Carnap, 'Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology', Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4 (1950): 20-40. Reprinted in the Supplement to Meaning and Necessity: A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic, enlarged edition (University of Chicago Press,1956).

02/11/12

Merricks' paper 'Endurance, Psychological Continuity and the Importance of Personal Identity' (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1999, Vol LIX, No 4).

26/10/12

Hubert, D. and Kelly, S. "Heterophenomenology: Heavy-handed sleight-of-hand" (Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, 2007, 6, pp. 45-55).

19/10/12

Dennett's 'Consciousness Explained', titled 'The Reality of Selves'.

12/10/12

Parfit, D, 'Personal Identity' (Philosophical Review, 1971, 80 pp.3-27)

21/09/12

Quine. 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism' (Sections 5 to 7)

14/09/12

Quine. 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism' (Sections 1 to 4)

07/09/12

Pearson, O. & O'Conaill, D. 'Ontological Dependence and the Fundamental Level'

14/08/12

Psillos, S. 'Salt does dissolve in water, but not necessarily' (Analysis 62 255-57)
Beebee, H. 'Contingent Laws Rule: Reply to Bird' (Analysis 62 252-55)

10/08/12

Baltimore, J.A. 2011 paper "Lewis' Modal Realism and Absence Causation" (Metaphysica, 12, 117-124).

03/08/12

Roache, 2009 - 'Biking the Biking Argument' - Analysis
Ben-Yami, 2010 - 'Backwards Causation Still Impossible' - Analysis

27/07/12

Haldane, J "Identifying Privative Causes' Analysis", (Vol 71 | Number 4 | October 2011 | pp. 611–619).

15/06/12

Cleland, C "On the Individuation of Events". (1991, Synthese, vol 86).

08/06/12

Kim, J "Events as Property Exemplifications", 1976

01/06/12

Schulte, P "Truthmaking: A Tale of Two Explanatory Projects" (Synthese, 2011).

25/05/12

Molnar, G "Truthmakers for Negative Truths" (2000, Australasian Journal of Philosophy)

18/05/12 Chapter 1 of D.M. Armstrong's 'Truth and Truthmaking'.
11/05/12 Lowe, E.J. 2006. "Non-Cartesian Substance Dualism and the Problem of Mental Causation"
04/05/12 Heil, J. 2011. "Powers and the Realisation Relation", Monist
20/04/12 Crane, T. 1995. The Mental Causation Debate (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume, 1995).
13/04/12 McDowell, J. Mind and World
06/04/12 McDowell, J. Mind and World
30/03/12 Lennon, K. 2000. Normativity, naturalism and perspectivity
16/03/12 Dennett, D. 1971. Intentional Systems
09/03/12 Chalmers, D. 2000. Does conceivability entail Possibility.
02/03/12 Chalmers, D. 2000. Does conceivability entail Possibility

24/02/12

Stoljar, D. 2001. The Conceivability Argument and Two Conception of the Physical

10/02/12

Chalmers, D. 2002. Consciousness and its Place in Nature.

17/02/12

Chalmers, D. 2002. Consciousness and its Place in Nature.

03/02/12

Shalkowski, S. 2008. Essence and Being

27/01/12

Lowe, E. J. 2008. Two Notions of Being: Entity and Essence.

20/01/12

Zalta, E. 2006. Essence and Modality.

13/01/12

Correia, F. 2011. On the Reduction of Necessity to Essence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

06/01/12

HOLIDAY

30/12/11

HOLIDAY

23/12/11

HOLIDAY

16/12/11

HOLIDAY

09/12/11

Vetter, B. 2011. Recent Work: Modality Without Possible Worlds. Analysis Reviews 71: 742 - 754.

02/12/11

Fine, K. 1994. Essence and Modality. Philosophical Perspectives 8: 1 - 16.

25/11/11

Lowe, E. J.

18/11/11

Plantinga, A. The Ontological Argument. http://mind.ucsd.edu/syllabi/02-03/01w/readings/plantinga.html

11/11/11

Lowe, E. J. Forthcoming. Metaphysical Nihilism Revisited.

04/11/11

Lowe, E. J. 1996. Why Is There Anything at All? Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 70: 111 - 120.

28/10/11

van Inwagen, P. 1996. Why Is There Anything at All? Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 70: 95 - 111.

21/10/11

Leibniz, G. v. W. The Monadology.

14/10/11

07/10/11

Leibniz, G. v. W. The Monadology.

30/09/11

23/09/11

Leibniz, G. v. W. The Monadology.

16/09/11

09/09/11

Leibniz, G. v. W. The Monadology.

02/09/11

26/08/11

Leibniz, G. v. W. The Monadology.

19/08/11

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15/07/11

08/07/11

Descartes, R. Principles of Philosophy.

01/07/11

Martin, C. B. 2008. Extract from The Mind in Nature. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

24/06/11

Ellis, B. & Lierse, C. 1994. Dispositional Essentialism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72: 27 - 45.

17/06/11

Prior, E., Pargetter, R. & Jackson, F. 1982. Three Theses about Dispositions. American Philosophical Quarterly 19: 251 - 257.

10/06/11

Mellor, D. H. 1974. In Defence of Dispositions. Philosophical Review 83: 157 - 181.

03/06/11

Martin, C. B. 1980. Substance Substantiated. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 58: 3 - 10.

27/05/11

Simons, P. M. 1998. Farewell to Substance: A Differentiated Leave-Taking. Ratio 11: 235 - 252.

20/05/11

Lowe, E. J. 1988. Substance, Identity, and Time. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 62: 61 - 78.

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01/04/11

Campbell, K. 1981. The Metaphysics of Abstract Particulars. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6: 477 - 488.

25/03/11

Armstrong, D. M. 1997. Chapter Four of A World of States of Affairs. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 47 - 68.

18/03/11

Price, H. H. 2001. Universals and Resemblances. In Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings. M. J. Loux (ed.). London, Routledge: 20 - 41.

11/03/11

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25/02/11

Lewis, D. K. 2001. Extract from On The Plurality of Worlds. Oxford, Blackwell: 196 - 220.

18/02/11

Lewis, D. K. 2001. Extract from Counterfactuals. Oxford, Blackwell: 84 - 90.

11/02/11

Kripke, S. A. 1971. Identity and Necessity. In Identity and Individuation. M. K. Munitz (ed.). New York, New York University Press:

04/02/11

Shoemaker, S. 1969. Time Without Change. Journal of Philosophy 66: 363 - 381.

28/01/11

Mellor, D. H. 1981. Chapter 5 of Real Time. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 73 - 88.

21/01/11

Broad, C. D. 2001. Ostensible Temporality (abridged). In Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings. M. J. Loux (ed.). London, Routledge: 272 - 278.

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03/12/10

Molnar, G. 2000. Truthmakers for Negative Truths. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78: 72 - 86.

26/11/10

Heil, J. 1998. Supervenience Deconstructed. European Journal of Philosophy 6: 146 - 155.

19/11/10

Stalnaker, R. 1996. Varieties of Supervenience. Philosophical Perspectives 10: 221 - 242.

12/11/10

Heil, J. 2003. Levels of Reality. Ratio 16: 205 - 221.

05/11/10

Martin, C. B. 1993. The Need for Ontology: Some Choices. Philosophy 68: 505 - 522.

29/10/10

Putnam, H. 1982. Why There Isn't a Ready-Made World. Synthese 51: 205 - 228.

22/10/10

Quine, W. v. O. 1968. Ontological Relativity. Journal of Philosophy 65: 185 - 212.

15/10/10

Quine, W. v. O. 1953. On What there Is. Review of Metaphysics 2 : 21 - 38.