PHI 523 Problems of Philosophy
Laws, Chance, and Constitution
Thu Sep 11:
The role of causation in science
Thu Sep 18:[Aryn]
Thu Sep 25:[Alexi]
Chances and branches
Thu Oct 2:
Thu Oct 9:
Note on Wallace readings: Please focus on the first paper, especially on the difference between the SU and OD viewpoints (Section 2), and the justification of Equivalence in Section 8 (esp. the sentence on p. 16 that begins "Then from the SU viewpoint, this just corresponds to...". Don't worry if you don't follow all of the technical details.
David Wallace. "Quantum probability from subjective likelihood: improving on Deutsch's proof of the probability rule". Available on ereserve with filename "probdecn". N.B. This is a draft, so please do no cite or redistribute it without permission.
David Wallace. Everettian Rationality: defending Deutsch's approach to probability in the Everett interpretation. To appear in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, under the title "Quantum Probability and Decision Theory, Revisited"
Papineau D. "Why you don't want to get in the box with Schrödinger's cat". Analysis, January 2003, vol. 63, no. 277, pp. 51-58(8).
Thu Oct 16:
Thu Oct 23:
Skyrms, B. Causal Necessity (Yale UP, 1980). Sections IA3 - IA4 (pp. 9-26).
Lewis, David. "Ramseyan humility". [Note: please do not circulate this paper or cite it in published work until it appears.]
Humean supervenience and chance
Thu Nov 6:[Marco]
Ned Hall. "Correcting the Guide to Objective Chance", Mind 103 (1994): 505-517.
David Lewis. "Humean Supervenience Debugged" Mind 103 (1994) 473-490.
Thu Nov 13:[Valia]
Arntzenius, Frank. Draft of chapter 2 "The world is painted on the cloth of space and time".
[optional] David Lewis. Introduction to Philosophical Papers Volume II (1986; Oxford U.P.) (pp. i-xvii).
[optional] Tim Maudlin, "Why Be Humean?" pre-print.
Intrinsicness and spacetime
Thu Nov 20:[David]
Earman, John. "Kant, incongruent counterparts, and absolute space". In World enough and space-time, Chapter 7.
Thu Dec 4:
David Wallace. Everett and Structure. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. Focus on Section 4 (pp. 5-9).
Daniel C. Dennett. Real Patterns. The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 88, No. 1. (Jan., 1991), pp. 27-51. Focus on the claim on p. 34: "A pattern exists in some data--is real-- if..." and the discussion on p. 39 of how the notion of "persisting object" arises in the life world.
Thu Dec 11:
Callender, Craig. 2001. "Humean Supervenience and Rotating Homogeneous Matter," Mind 110: 25-43.
[optional] Denis Robinson. "Matter, Motion, and Humean Supervenience" , Australasian Journal of Philosophy 67 (1989): 394-409
[optional] Lewis, David (1999). "Zimmerman and the Spinning Sphere" Australasian Journal of Philosophy .pp. 209-212
[optional] Zimmerman, Dean (1999) "One Really Big Liquid Sphere: Reply to Lewis", Australsian Journal of Philosophy. pp. 213-215
Laws and properties
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