Site Index

This page does not list everything on this site. Many of my pages contain specific organizational information about particular classes -- e.g. syllabi, reading schedules, information about papers, etc. None of this material is indexed here. Over time, though, the site has acquired some pages that actually have some substantive content about particular areas of philosophy; these are the pages I have attempted to index here.

Contents

History of Philosophy
    Ancient
    Modern
Ethics
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Mind
    Papers
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Logic
Philosophy and Computer Science

History of Philosophy

Ancient

Aristotle's Ethics
Plato: Two Worlds

Modern

Some Themes in Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Language: The Early Modern Background

Descartes

Overview of Meditations I-II
Meditation III: Questions
Descartes: Formal and Objective Reality
Descartes: Some Major Points

Spinoza

The "One Substance" Argument of Ethics Part I
Spinoza, Themes from Part I after Prop. 14
Spinoza, Part II: Some Themes

Leibniz

Notes on the Monadology

Locke

Locke on Substance
Locke on Power  
Locke on Knowledge
Locke on Judgment, Faith, Reason, etc.

Berkeley

Berkeley Overview
Berkeley: Some Main Arguments

Hume

Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, I-II 
Hume on Experimental Inference

Kant

Kant Overview (longish -- about 8000 words)
Kant: How Is Synthetic Knowledge A Priori Possible?
Kant - Transcendental Deduction
Kant - Paralogisms (on the nature of the self)
Kant - Third Antinomy (on freedom and necessity)
Kant's Ethics

Ethics

Aristotle's Ethics
Kant's Ethics 
Utilitarianism 
Some Comparisons between Ethical Theories
Metaethics Overview (Summary and critique of Sober, Core Questions)

Paper

Moral Truths and Moral Principles (draft)

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Time: Four-Dimensionalism
Time Travel: Heinlein and Lewis
Persistence through Time
Persistence, Endurance, Perdurance: Arguments
McTaggart on the Unreality of Time
Quine on Time

Universals 1
Universals 2
Particulars: Bundles of Universals?

Possible Worlds: Lewis and Plantinga (pdf slides)

Personal Identity

Reduction, Supervenience, etc. (pdf slides)

Free Will and Determinism
Dennett on Libertarianism (pdf)
Plato: Two Worlds
Rationalism: Plato and Descartes
Epistemology Overview (following Sober in Core Questions)

Notes on Peter van Inwagen, Metaphysics

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Individuality
Chapter 5: Objectivity
Chapter 6: Ontological Argument (pdf slides)
Chapter 7: Cosmological Argument (pdf slides)
Chapter 9: Teleological Argument (pdf)
Chapter 10: Dualism (pdf)
Chapter 11: Personal Identity and Dualism

Papers

Internal Realism: Transcendental Idealism? Midwest Studies in Philosophy 12 (1988).
Friendships: Epistemically Dangerous Liaisons? in Damian Caluori, ed., Thinking About Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Philosophy of Mind

Churchland on Dualism
Dualism: Overview
Behaviorism: Overview
Behaviorism: Skinner and Dennett
Identity Theory: Overview
Functionalism
Putnam, Block, and Nida-Rümelin on Functionalism
Fodor and Kim on Reductivism and Multiple Realizability
Kim and Yablo on Mental Causation
Qualia (Brief Notes on Dennett)
Tye on Visual Qualia
Zombies

Dennett on Consciousness: Three Theses

Notes on John R. Searle, The Rediscovery of the Mind:

chapter 1 
chapter 2 
chapter 3 
chapter 4 
chapter 5
chapter 7 
chapter 9

Notes on John R. Searle, Mind: A Brief Introduction

chapter 1 (a dozen problems)
chapter 4 (consciousness 1)
chapter 5 (consciousness 2)
chapter 7 (mental causation)
chapter 8 (free will)
chapter 9 (the unconscious)
chapter 11 (the self)

Notes on Susan Blackmore, Consciousness: An Introduction

chapter 1
chapters 4-6
chapater 13 (evolution)
chapters 16-18 (AI)
chapter 22 (altered states)

Papers

What Is a Belief State? Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10 (1986). 
Direct and Indirect Belief. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (1992): 289-316. 
How to Believe the Impossible. Philosophical Studies 58 (1990): 271-85. 
Believing the Impossible. Synthese 89 (1991): 353-64. 
Belief States and Narrow Content. Mind and Language 8 (1993): 343-67.
Narrow Mental Content. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002).

Philosophy of Language

Some Basic Distinctions 
Early Modern Background (Notes on Hacking) 
Verificationism 
Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic, chapter 3 
Ayer on Truth 
Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" 

Austin, How to Do Things with Words, sections I - III
Austin, How to Do Things with Words, sections IV - VII
Austin, list of illocutionary-act verbs and types (pdf)

Overview of the Causal Theory of the Reference of Proper Names (pdf)
Overview of the Description Theory of the Reference of Proper names (pdf)
Description Theory of the Reference of Proper Names - Notes (pdf)

Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Overview of §§1-120

Notes on William Lycan, Philosophy of Language

Chapters 3-4: Proper Names
Chapter 5: Traditional Theories of Meaning
Chapter 7: Grice on Meaning
Chapter 14: Metaphor

Notes on Russell, Philosophy of Logical Atomism

Lectures 1 - 3
Lectures 4 - 6
Some Issues for Discussion

Philosophy of Religion

Anselm's Ontological Argument
Aquinas's Cosmological and Teleological Arguments
Pascal's Wager Argument (Brief)

Philosophy of Science

What is the Goal of Science?
Demarcation Proposals
Proposed Marks of Pseudoscience
Explanation
Van Fraassen on Explanation
Duhem on Underdetermination
Notes on Kuhn
Scientific Realism vs. Constructive Empiricism
NOA (Arthur Fine)
Sociology of Science: Haack and Latour
Observation: Hacking and van Fraassen
Metaphysics and Modern Physics
Values and Science

Probability: A Quick Introduction
Bayes's Theorem and the Philosophy of Science

Logic

Decidability
Alternative Systems of Propositional Logic  
Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems  
Intro to Set Theory (pdf)

Philosophy and Computer Science

Miscellaneous Random Thoughts
Notes on Smith, Origin of Objects

Paper

"Implementation and Indeterminacy"
 



Last update: June 11, 2009.
Curtis Brown | Philosophy Department | Trinity University
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