Theo Todman's Research Papers

(Text as at 30/03/2014)



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Research ProposalThesis OutlineCurrent FocusEssaysStatus Reports
SupervisionsPersonal Identity NotesWrite-upsPapers ReferencedBirkbeck Handbooks

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Research Proposal


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  • Follow the links on the right for a document that started out as my research proposal for a PhD in philosophy on the subject of Personal Identity, commencing in October 2007, at Birkbeck College, London University. My supervisor was Jen Hornsby (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/philosophy/our-staff/academics/hornsby). In accord with the University regulations, I was initially registered for the MPhil, but expected to upgrade after a year or so. However, I found part-time research unsatisfying, and difficult to fit in with my work commitments, so my attendance at Birkbeck is in abeyance for the time being. As of November 2010 I've retired from HSBC, so am now re-positioning my research activites.
  • The top link on the right is to the hyperlinked HTML version, which will be updated as my ideas progress. The original .pdf version is here.
  • Complete printable versions to various levels of footnoting are also listed. For an explanation of how the printable versions of the documents work, please click here1.
  • This proposal was intended to be more wide-ranging than the Thesis itself, so, while it uses much of the same material, it will not be superseded.

Research_Proposal2.

Thesis Outline


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  • Follow the links on the right for the Chapter Outline of my Thesis (currently in abeyance, at least as far as formal study is concerned). It is very sketchy at the moment, and the reading list needs pruning and correcting. However, I intend this (at least in its printable versions) to grow into a Thesis proper over the next few years.
  • See opposite for printable versions. For an explanation of how the printable versions of the documents work, please click here.
  • For a document controlling the research for Chapter 2 ("What Are We?"), please follow this link.

Thesis Outline

Current Focus


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  • Current activity: My research is just starting up again, and as a way of getting back into my research topic, I'm currently analysing in great detail the books opposite. The first two are introductory refreshers. The latter two are more serious matter. See further down this page for more serious stuff in addition to these latter.

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Essays


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  • During my two terms as a research student, most of my effort was focused on reading and commenting on various published journal papers or book chapters. The list opposite gives those that formed essays that were discussed at supervisions, in order of presentation. The trouble I found was that I never had enough time to address anything significant - I had to have 3 supervisions a term whether I had anything to say or not, so my focus was always on trying to produce something for the next supervision rather than digging deeply and finding something worth saying.
  • A full list of Write-ups appears below.

Status Reports


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  • I provide myself with a monthly status report of my Research project, which is limping along somewhat. The right-hand column provides access to this. Earlier reports can be accessed via the "Previous Published Version" link at the bottom of each report. I manage to distract myself by engaging in eight other projects outside my Research. Individual projects are accessed either via the Summary Report or via the Jump Table.
  • I also produced a couple of termly status reports for Birkbeck when I was last there. These are opposite.
  • For an explanation of how the printable versions of the documents work, please click here13.

Supervisions


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  • Herewith the record of things discussed (or which I wish had been discussed) during my meetings with my MPhil/PhD Supervisor. The link to the jump table opposite contains one item for each supervision held. Note that this area of the site is password protected.
  • Printable versions are obtained from links at the bottom of the reports. For an explanation of how the printable versions of the documents work, please click here18.For a printable (and on-line hyperlinked) concatenation of all the Notes in alphabetical order (which is also prefixed by the jump table, and which gives information on links to each Note and summary information on reading lists), click on the link opposite.

Personal Identity Notes


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  • This is the jumping-off point for the sets of notes I'm building up on the topic of Personal Identity, and allied subjects. Currently, it's mostly just another way of looking at the research proposal together with its footnotes, but it provides the necessary hyperlinking, and will grow over time. The Jump Table prints nicely on one page. For a printable (and on-line hyperlinked) concatenation of all the Notes in alphabetical order (which is also prefixed by the jump table, and which gives information on links to each Note and summary information on reading lists), click on the link opposite.

Write-Ups


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  • A test for my research method is how I document, absorb and integrate ideas triggered by reading published research papers. For the BA I initially wrote Precis in MS Word (published as .pdf files). For most papers I use Abstracts, accessible from the various lists of papers (follow one of the links below, or the Research Database link19, but these don't connect well to the Notes. I'm trialling the use of Notes directly at the moment (and failing miserably, though I have hopes). The link to the Jump Table for these is to the right. My aim is to integrate them with the Personal Identity Notes.
  • The Jump Table prints nicely on one page. For a printable (and on-line hyperlinked) concatenation of all the Notes in alphabetical order (which is also prefixed by the jump table, and which gives information on links to each Note and summary information on reading lists), click on the link opposite.

Papers Referenced


10.
  • This document lists (in title within author sequence) the papers (or book chapters) on the subject of Personal Identity (and related topics) that I have actually got round to reading. The intention is to add handy summaries in the near future. The literature on this topic is so vast, it's easy to lose track. I'm hoping this and similar documents will help somewhat.

11.
  • This document is the same as the above, but sorted initially by Sub-topic (where assigned some more work is needed here).

12.
  • This document lists all the papers (or book chapters) on the subject of Personal Identity (and related topics) that I have collected. The intention is to add handy summaries, but one lifetime is probably insufficient.

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  • This document is the same as the above, but sorted initially by Sub-topic (where assigned; much more work is needed here. Items with no Sub-Topic assigned are assigned to "Unassigned").

Birkbeck Handbooks


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  • Sundry information for Birkbeck Research Students in Philosophy is best found from the link opposite.



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Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Baillie - What Am I? Baker - Persons and Bodies Baker - Persons and Bodies (e-Symposium) Baker - What Am I? Brandom - Toward a Normative Pragmatics (Introduction)
Chisholm - Which Physical Thing Am I? Daniel Dennett – Conditions of Personhood Fine - A Counter-Example to Locke's Thesis Olson - The Human Animal Abstracta Symposium Olson - What Are We?
Printable Notes and Papers (3) Research - Proposal Status: Birkbeck (Autumn 2007) Status: Birkbeck (Spring 2008) Status: Personal Identity (2013 - December)
Status: Summary (2013 - December) Theo Todman's Research Databases . . .

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