This page contains some information pertaining to my Fall, 2007 course in Metaphysics (PHIL 3330).
Guidelines for Paper Presentations
Questions for the Midterm Exam
Questions for the Final Exam
van Inwagen, chapter 1 (Intro)
Nihilism, Monism, and Pluralism
van Inwagen, chapter 2 (Individuality)
Universals and Particulars
Objectivity and Externality
McTaggart on the Unreality of Time (Revised notes from my seminar on philosophy and time.)
Diagram of Heinlein, "By His Bootstraps" (here is a bigger one)
Time in Fiction. Just a list of books and a few quotations.
Time Travel (notes on Heinlein and Lewis)
The 4D Conception of Time
Persistence through Time
Persistence through Time (notes on Chisholm, Quine, Lewis, Geach, etc.)
Persistence: Endurance vs. Perdurance
Necessary Being (God)
Ontological Argument (notes on van Inwagen, chapter 6 - pdf format)
Cosmological Argument (notes on van Inwagen, chapter 7 - pdf format)
Teleological Argument (notes on van Inwagen, chapter 9 - pdf format) (incomplete)
Modal Realism vs. Actualism (pdf format)
Philosophy of Mind
Dualism and Physicalism (notes on van Inwagen, chapter 10 - pdf format)
Dualism and Personal Identity (notes on van Inwage, chapter 11)
Personal Identity Overview (Shoemaker, Swinburne)
Libertarianism (notes on Dennett, Freedom Evolves, Chapter 4 - pdf format)
Reduction, Levels of Reality, Etc.
Reduction (pdf format)
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Intriguing, growing project offering essays by leading scholars. Many essays on metaphysical topics, including the medieval problem of universals, properties, tropes, time, free will, causal processes, existence, holes, ontological arguments, the cosmological argument, and thought experiments, among other topics.
The Philosophy in Cyberspace collection of links to metaphysics-related sites. This is one section from a very useful index to philosophical sites on the WWW.
Brock's Philosophy Page. A collection of very good introductory or survey essays on a variety of topics in analytical metaphysics, written by Carl Brock Sides, who apparently is doing web page design while finishing up a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester.
The Metaphysics Research Lab. An ambitious attempt, by Edward N. Zalta of Stanford, to develop an "axiomatic theory of abstract objects and relations."
Rudy Rucker's home page. The homepage of the author of The Fourth Dimension, a book on time (and also on the idea of a fourth spatial dimension) that I highly recommend. (Also author of many other books on a variety of topics.)
David Chalmers's home page. This is a superb resource for materials on the philosophy of mind; it includes many of Chalmers's own writings, and links to a huge amount of other material. Also has a good collection of links to zombie-related web sites, and of links to philosophical humor.
Patterns, Programs, and Links for Conway's Game of Life. There are many other web sites related to Conway's Game of Life, but they are linked from this excellent site. See also this very nice Java applet with helpful descriptions, and for even more stuff see these links at the dmoz Open Directory project.