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PHIL5002M
Module Reading List

Analytic Philosophy B, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Edward Elliott
E.J.R.Elliott@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

1. Conceptual analysis and the Canberra plan

Required

* Lewis, ‘How to define theoretical terms

* Nolan, ‘Platitudes and metaphysics’

Supplemental

* Majeed, ‘Why the Canberra plan won’t help you do serious metaphysics

* Jackson, From Metaphysics to Ethics, Chs. 1, 2, 3

 

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2. Arguing for the identity theory

Required

* Lewis, ‘An argument for the identity theory

* Lewis, ‘Mad pain and Martian pain’

Supplemental

* Lewis, ‘Psychophysical and theoretical identifications’

 

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3. Radical interpretation and constitutive rationality

Required

* Lewis, ‘Radical interpretation

* Williams, ‘Normative reference magnets

Supplemental

* Davidson, ‘Radical interpretation’

* Davidson, ‘Paradoxes of irrationality’

 

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4. Underdetermination and aggregation problems

Required

* Dorr, 'Natural Properties' (just the intro and section 1 will suffice)

* Lewis, ‘New work for a theory of universals’ pp. 342-351 and 370-377

* Williams, ‘Representational skepticism: the bubble puzzle

* Hattiangadi, ‘Radical interpretation and the aggregation problem

 

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5. Decision theory and folk psychology

Required

* Pettit, ‘Decision theory and folk psychology’

* Thoma, ‘Folk psychology and the interpretation of decision theory’

Supplemental

* Dewherst & Burr, ‘Normative folk psychology and decision theory’

* Hattiangadi & Stefansson, ‘Radical interpretation and decision theory’

 

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6. Mental representation: maps and sentences

Required

* Camp, ‘Thinking with maps

* Lewis, ‘Reduction of mind’

* Margolis & Laurence, ‘Lewis’ strawman’

Supplemental

* Braddon-Mitchell & Jackson, Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, Chs. 10-11

 

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7. Mental content: worlds and properties

Required

* Nolan, 'Possible Worlds Semantics' - strongly recommended if you're not already familiar with possible worlds semantics

* Lewis, ‘Attitudes de dicto and de se

* Lewis, On the plurality of worlds, §1.4 (pp. 27-49)

 

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8. Omniscience and fragmentation

Required

* Bendana & Mandelbaum, 'The Fragmentation of Belief'

* Lewis, ‘Logic for equivocators’ (focus on pp. 435 – 438)

* Elga & Rayo, ‘Fragmentation and information access’

Supplemental

* Yalcin, ‘Belief as question-sensitive’

 

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9. Mind, language and convention

Required

* Lewis, ‘Languages and language’

* Keiser, ‘Language without information exchange

Supplemental

* Hawthorne, ‘A note on 'Languages and language’'

 

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10. Two-dimensionalism

Required

* Lewis, ‘Index, context, and content’

* Chalmers, ‘Two-dimensional semantics’

Supplemental

* Chalmers, ‘On sense and intension’

* Jackson, From Metaphysics to Ethics, Chs. 1, 2, 3

 

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11. Reference magnetism

Required

* Lewis, ‘Putnam’s paradox

* Schwarz, ‘Against magnetism

Supplemental

* MacBride & Janssen-Lauret, ‘Lewis’ global descriptivism and reference magnetism’

* Williams, ‘Eligibility and scrutability’

This list was last updated on 22/02/2022