Theo Todman's BA Papers

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Here are my BA writings. Currently there are mostly .pdf files only. I have started to convert them to my Notes format and (maybe) intend to update them in the light of greater understanding (if any). However, this is not a priority task. There are four groupings:-

Final Year Essays Earlier Essays Book AnalysesPaper Analyses

Here are some final-year BA papers ...

1.This is my BA Dissertation on the topic of Poverty of Stumulus arguments for the Innateness of Grammar. I enjoyed this investigation, and intend to use the kind of abductive arguments on which it is based as a model for my PhD thesis. Poverty of Stimulus (pdf)
2.This is the first of three essays in Greek Philosophy. Despite my arguing that Greek Philosophy shouldn't be included in the BA, or at least not so early in the course, or not without a lot of motivation, this turned out to be my best paper. This essay is on the topic of fatalism. The Sea Battle1
3.The second essay on Greek Philosophy asks whether the Third Man Argument refutes Plato's Theory of Forms. I have to admit that, but for the course, I wouldn't have looked into this subject, and those reading the essay should have a bottle of paracetamol to hand. The Third Man (pdf)
4.The third essay on Greek Philosophy, asking whether Democritus was a sceptic. I have to ask who cares, but I did enjoy researching and writing the essay. Democritus a Sceptic (pdf)
5.This is the first of three essays in Modern Philosophy, and is an attempt to make the most of Locke's psychological view of personal identity. Personal Identity (pdf)
6.A second essay in Modern Philosophy. It looks into Hume's Correspondence Theory between our 'ideas' (concepts) and 'impressions' (sense perception). Correspondence Theory (pdf)
7.A third essay in Modern Philosophy, looking at two of Descartes's arguments that mind and body are distinct substances. Real Distinction (pdf)
8.This is the first of three essays on Ethics. Caveat lector! I never got the hang of ethics. This essay discusses Mackie's Error Theory. Error Theory (pdf)
9.This second ethical essay discusses whether moral relativism is absurd. Relativism Absurd? (pdf)
10.This final ethical essay addresses utilitarianism. Can Mill successfully explain why it is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a foolsatisfied? Higher Pleasures (pdf)

Here are some earlier BA essays

They are of varying quality, but useful for me to have on-line ...

1.This is a rather feable and incomplete effort addressing Jackson's Knowledge Argument against physicalism in the philosophy of mind. The topic is sufficiently important to make the essay worth completing some day ... Knowledge Argument (pdf)
2.This is an essay in the philosophy of psychology asking whether "The mind is in effect a Swiss-Army knife, full of specialised modules designed for special purposes." Mind Modular? (pdf)
3.Another essay in the philosophy of psychology, asking whether the concept of innateness is incoherent or unnecessary. Innateness Incoherent? (pdf)
4.An essay on the topic of free will. If it is said that I did something freely, is it implied that I could have done something different? Free Will (pdf)
5.An essay on the border between modern philosophy and methodology, examining Hume's argument that we have no reason to expect the future to resemble the past. Future & Past (pdf)
6.Another essay on the problem of induction, investigating Hempel's paradox of the ravens. Induction (pdf)
7.An essay in the philosophy of language, looking at the different uses of definite descriptions. Definite Descriptions (pdf)
8.First of three essays on bodily sensations in the philosophy of mind, asking whether pains are mental objects. Rather slavishly adherent to Tim Crane's ideas (garbled, no doubt).Pains as Mental Objects (pdf)
9.Essay asking whether bodily sensations are perceptions of one's body.Sensations as Perceptions (pdf)
10.Final essay on this topic, asking whether I could feel a sensation to be located in someone else's body.Extraneous Bodily Sensations (pdf)

Finally, here are some notes taken during the BA course

. For a while, I pursued the eccentric line of trying to precis whole books, as a way of attempting to take the subject seriously. This proved to be somewhat time-consuming, so I stopped early in the third year. However, having made the effort, here are the results...
1.Jonathan Dancy - Contemporary Epistemology. This is rather a full set. At 110 pages it's not much shorter than the book. Dancy - Epistemology (pdf)
2.Tim Crane - Elements of Mind. A bit briefer this time at a mere 71 pages. It is graced by 153 footnotes showing where I disagreed with the esteemed author (or where I was confused, most likely). Crane – Elements of Mind2
3.Jerry Fodor - Modularity of Mind. Much shorter - only 23 pages; but then, it's only a little book. Fodor - Modularity of Mind (pdf)
4.Saul Kripke - Naming and Necessity. Back to form. 73 pages and 156 footnotes. At least I have the justification that this is one of the "must read" philosophy books. Kripke - Naming & Necessity (pdf)



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