Hey, philosophy professors. If you've come to this page because you've
found that a student has plagiarized one of the papers below, drop me a
note, philarete at gmail dot com. I'm curious as to how widely
these papers are being plagiarized.
Hey, philosophy students. Don't plagiarize these papers. For that
matter, don't plagiarize at all. It's better to fail honestly than to
cheat and get an A. Besides, you'll probably get caught. One student that I know of has been caught already.
- Artifacts, Matter, and Persistence -- I argue that artifacts are strictly identical with the masses of matter that constitute them.
- Mereological Nihilism and the Limits of Paraphrase
-- I argue that the mereological nihilist, one who denies that
composition ever occurs, must resort to an ontology of sets in order to
paraphrase away apparent reference to composite objects in everyday
- Essentialism and the Grandfather Paradox --
I argue that essentialism of origins implies that David Lewis's
proposed solution to one of the paradoxes of time travel does not
- Williams on Personal Identity -- I argue that Bernard Williams' famous thought experiments on personal identity are not as decisive as some have thought.
- Varia -- shorter papers, primarily expository, many written in
preparation for a qualifying exam in metaphysics. I hope these papers
will provide a good introduction to many of the important issues in
contemporary analytic metaphysics.
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