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Plans and Records for the course in 2013



weeks

Class count

reading

Plans and records

1

 

1

 March 23 Sat

p.1-8

Historical background: Plato-Aristotle, Plato’s eidos, Aristotelian vs. Kantian

moner mukure

 

Jaber and Shohag absent

2.

(6 d aft)

March 30

Sat

 

3 hrs.

p. 8-16

Aristotle’s 2 approaches: (i)1st principle (ii) being-qua-being//metaphysics in the hands of rationalists of 17th and 18th C// general and special metaphysics

 

Problem:

Extrapolate the notion of categories focusing the 1st paragraph of p. 12 [ “Now, it might ... of being.”]

You will explain this in groups in the next class

2

3.

(3 d gap)

April 3

Wed

 

p.14-p.16 of Ch.1 + p.17-p.36

 

3

 

April 13

Sat

 

(9 d g)

p. 21 – p. 43

·         realism and predication p 21

·         realism and abstract reference p 26

·         restrictions on realism – exemplification p 30

·         further restrictions p 36


    are there any unexemplified                 attributes p. 40

 

Plato’s 3rd man argument.

Russellian kind of paradox if we take every predicate must express a universal.

Epistemic troubles. Wittgenstein’s family resemblance.

Holism, scientific realism, eliminatism

4

 

April 17

(3d g)

 

Ch. 2

p. 46 – 54 (upto the 1st para) [8 p]

[T.N. this is not a good a stoppage, should be stopped at 1st para of p. 55]



 

Metaphysical def of universal (p.19) [recalling]

Trouble with the def.  

Obj 1. Troublesome sentences 1) & 2)

Obj2. Lacking identity,

Obj 3. Tie: problematic

Obj 4. Epistemological problem

Obj 5. Theoretical simplicity

Where to stop? Why not one step forward?

2 desiderata by realistic program.

 

Incidental/complementary discussion

Postmodernism, Structuralism (Ladyman)

5

 

April 24

(6 d)

 

p. 54 – 71 (till the end of metalinguistic nominalism)

 

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7

 

 

Half //  120 p, chap must be finished by this time.

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Lecture Notes

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posted Apr 21, 2010, 11:56 PM by Shaheen Islam   [ updated Mar 28, 2011, 4:19 AM ]


Course# 502 for MA 2009-10

posted Apr 11, 2010, 1:54 AM by Shaheen Islam   [ updated Mar 30, 2013, 7:22 PM ]


Course Title: Contemporary Metaphysics

Instructor: Shaheen Islam

formal period: begins on 5th April 2010 – ends on 5th Jan 2011

Actual period begins: after 20 April 2010


Course Content: [the following highlighted (in yellow) portion  is from your syllabus book ]

Marks 50

502 Contemporary Metaphysics  50 Marks

Text:

Michael Louxe – Metaphysics : A Contemporary Introduction (3rd edition), Routledge, 2006


Recommended Books:

Theodore Sider, et al: (ed) Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics, 2007

E.J. Lowe:  A Survey of Metaphysics (2002) Oxford

Paul Moser and Dwayne Mulder  Contemporary Approaches to Philosophy  

Brian Ellis: Truth and Objectivity

John R. Burr and Milton Goldinger  Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (3rd Edition)

Cynthia Macdonald  Varieties of Things: Foundations of Contemporary Metaphysics
















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