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Module Reading List

PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 1, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Daniel Elstein
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: The Euthyphro dilemma

Seminar Reading:    Mark Timmons, ‘Divine Command Theory’, ch. 2 in his Moral Theory: An Introduction  

Further Reading:      Michael W. Austin, ‘Divine Command Theory’ (IEP)

                                 Plato, Euthyphro


Week 2: Descartes’ Meditations

Seminar Reading:     René Descartes, Meditations 1-3  

Further Reading:       Lex Newman, ‘Descartes’ Epistemology’ (SEP)

                                  Lawrence Nolan, ‘Descartes’ Ontological Argument’ (SEP)


Week 3: Descartes’ Meditations (cont.)

Seminar Reading:      René Descartes, Meditations 4-6  

Further Reading:        Objections to the Meditations and Descartes’ Replies

                                   Descartes’ correspondence with Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia


Week 4: Locke on knowledge

Seminar Reading:      John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV, chapters i-iv & ix-xi  

Further Reading:        Matthew Priselac, ‘Locke: Knowledge of the External World’ (IEP)


Week 5: Free Will

Seminar Reading:      David Hume, ‘Of Liberty and Necessity’ from An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding 

Further Reading:        George Botterill, ‘Hume on Liberty and Necessity’

                                   Paul Russell, ‘Hume on Free Will’ (SEP)


Week 6: Induction

Seminar Reading:      David Hume, sections 4 & 5 from An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding  

Further Reading:        Leah Henderson, ‘The Problem of Induction’ (SEP)


Week 7: Deduction

Seminar Reading:      Tracy Bowell & Gary Kemp, Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide (4th edition), ch. 1 & 3 (for seminar 1)  

                                   Susan Haack, ‘The Justification of Deduction’, Mind (for seminar 2)  

Further Reading:        Lewis Carroll, ‘What the Tortoise said to Achilles’, Mind


Week 8: Moral Relativism

Seminar Reading:      Mark Timmons, ‘Moral Relativism’, ch.3 in his Moral Theory: An Introduction  

Further Reading:        Chris Gowans, ‘Moral Relativism’ (SEP)

                                   Miranda Fricker, ‘Styles of Moral Relativism – A Critical Family Tree’


Week 9: Paradox I: Coincident Objects

Seminar Reading:      Penelope Mackie, ‘Coincidence and Identity’, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 

Further Reading:        Ryan Wasserman, ‘Material Constitution’ (SEP)


Week 10: Paradox II: Time Travel

Seminar Reading:       David Lewis, ‘The Paradoxes of Time Travel’, American Philosophical Quarterly 

                                    Ira Kiourti, ‘Killing Baby Suzy’, Philosophical Studies 

Further Reading:         Nicholas J.J. Smith, ‘Time Travel’ (SEP)


Week 11: Paradox III: Decision-making

Seminar Reading:     R.M. Sainsbury, ‘Acting rationally’, ch. 4 in his Paradoxes  

Further Reading:       Rachael Briggs, ‘Normative Theories of Rational Choice: Expected Utility’ (SEP)

                                  Steven Kuhn, ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ (SEP)

This list was last updated on 24/09/2019