The course up until now looked at support for a particular modest metaphysics. For most of the lectures in the remainder of the course, we will go a bit farther afield.
In this lecture, we will re-examine the primitives of mereology. I will present arguments for taking the fusion relation as our mereological primitive. (Image artwork by Kumi Yamashita)
This week's required reading:
Additional, optional papers:
Shortly after this meeting, your paper proposals will be due. Paper proposals should be emailed to me by Sunday, October 30th, by 5pm. More info from the syllabus:
Your proposals should be around 1,000 words, and I welcome a document in the form of a padded outline. Your proposal should at a minimum provide the following:
A statement of the main thesis that you intend to defend.
Explanation of the background that is necessary for understanding what that thesis says, and why it is intellectually interesting. (What debates would this thesis advance, if it is true?)
An outline of the argument you intend to give for this thesis.
It is perfectly fine for your ideas to change from what your proposal says: your proposal is in no way a binding commitment. But you should turn in something that is a genuinely useful step toward the final project.
Be Ready to Present: