Nov 17

Time-Travel

Topic

In this meeting, we'll either continue our discussion of Decompositional Plenitude, or we'll talk about the Problem of Change Over Time, or we'll talk about Time-Travel. Here's a list of readings for each topic (note that you'll only be required to read one paper this week - which paper it is will depend on which topic we choose):


Decompositional Plenitude: formal properties, how it relates to social groups (and in particular, the group woman), and how it relates to compositional innocence and to grounding.


This topic's required reading:


Ritchie - What Are Groups
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Additional, optional papers:


Hawley - Social Mereology
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Dembroff 2018 - Real Talk on the Metaphysics of Gender
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The Problem of Change over Time, and a taxonomy of responses to it. We will focus especially on Jeff Brower's Constituent Solution, and a response to it.


The topic's required reading:


Zimmerman - Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism
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Additional, optional papers:


Haslanger 2003 - Persistence Through TIme
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Brower - Aristotelian Endurantism
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Spencer - A Tale of Two Simples
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Sider - The Stage View and Temporary Intrinsics
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Hawley - Why Temporary Properties are not Relations
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Time-travel, with particular attention to Peter van Inwagen's model for changing the past.


This topic's required reading:


Bernstein - Time Travel and the Movable Present
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Additional, optional papers:


van Inwagen - Changing the Past
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Hudson Wasserman - Van Inwagen on Time Travel and Changing the Past
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Reminder

Here's a taxonomy of views about change over time. If you have suggestions for improvements I would love to hear them!


 

Reminder: Shortly after this meeting, your paper drafts will be due. By November 20th, you should email me a full draft of the paper you will be presenting. I will not provide written feedback on these drafts, but I am happy to meet to discuss them. This draft should be basically complete and clear, but it does not need to be completely polished. It should be a suitable length for a 25 minute presentation (around 12 pages double-spaced. It's okay if it is longer and if there are parts of your draft that you won’t have time to present, but try to not go much beyond 4,000 words).

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