A final test will take place on the last day of the course (June 25th).
The test will last 90 minutes and it will consist in 5 open questions, plus a small final section with 6 "true-false" questions.
I will evaluate the student's capacity to present in a succinct but also exhaustive way the arguments offered by the authors covered during the course. This means that course participants should study in such a way as to: (i) have a clear general picture about the positions held by each author and the main arguments in support of their position. (ii) be able to report such arguments in written form.
All course material will be relevant for the exam. However, practice questions will be made available to help students focus on a limited number of core topics.
All readings will be made available on Moodle.
Session 1 - Selection from: Button, Tim (2015). The Limits of Realism. Oxford University Press UK.
Session 2 - Putnam, Hilary (1977). Realism and Reason. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 50 (6):483-498.
Session 3 - Devitt, Michael (1983). Realism and the renegade Putnam: A critical study of meaning and the moral sciences. Noûs 17 (2):291-301.
Session 4 - Lewis, David (1984). Putnam's paradox. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 62 (3):221 – 236.
Sessions 5-6 - Selection from: Lewis, David (1983). New work for a theory of universals. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (4):343-377.
Session 7 - Selection from: Kripke, Saul (1980). Naming and Necessity. Harvard University Press.
Session 8 - Mackie, Penelope (1998). Identity, time, and necessity. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 98 (1):59–78.
Session 9 - Selection from: Fine, Kit (1994). Essence and modality. Philosophical Perspectives 8:1-16.
Session 10 - Selection from: Fine, Kit (1994). Ontological Dependence. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 95:269 - 290.