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Note-Group Purpose: “Write-Ups” are – as might be expected – my Notes on particular philosophical papers. In general, they are detailed accounts of what the papers have to say, with my comments and questions – often in the form of footnotes. I spent a lot of time on this work – in four cases analysing whole books in detail – as a way of forcing myself to think in detail about what philosophers were actually saying. As such, I found the exercise hugely beneficial, though somewhat time-consuming and exhausting. In many cases these Write-Ups remain as pdfs, rather than as Notes. Often there is a stub-Note to link to the pdf; sometimes not even that, so the Write-Up isn’t in the table below. I hope to rectify the latter problem shortly, but converting all the pdfs to Notes will take a while.

Click here for the explanation of the colouration in the table below.

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal Anscombe - On Sensations of Position Armstrong - Bodily Sensations Atherton - Berkeley's Anti-Abstractionism Atherton - Locke and the Issue Over Innateness
Baillie - What Am I? Baker - In Favour Of the Constitution View Baker - Personal Identity Over Time Baker - Persons and Bodies Baker - Persons and Bodies - Precis
Baker - Persons and Bodies - Response to Garrett Baker - Persons and Bodies - Response to Noonan Baker - Persons and Bodies - Response to Olson Baker - Persons and Bodies (Book Summary) Baker - Persons and Bodies (e-Symposium)
Baker - Persons in the Material World Baker - The Coherence Of the Constitution View of Human Persons Baker - The Coherence Of the Idea of Material Constitution Baker - The Constitution View of Human Persons Baker - The First-Person Perspective
Baker - The Human Animal: Big-Tent Metaphysics Baker - The Human Animal: Response to Olson Baker - The Importance Of Being a Person Baker - The Very Idea of Constitution Baker - What Am I?
Bealer - The A Priori Blackburn - Errors and the Phenomenology of Value Blackburn - Has Kant Refuted Parfit? Brandom - Making It Explicit: Conclusion Brandom - Toward a Normative Pragmatics (Introduction)
Bynum - Resurrection of the Body (Preface + Introduction) Carter – Artifacts of Theseus Chisholm - Identity Through Possible Worlds: Some Questions Chisholm - Which Physical Thing Am I? Chomsky - A Review of B.F.Skinner's Verbal Behavior
Clatterbaugh - The Causation Debate in Modern Philosophy 1637 - 1739 Cohen - The Logic of the Third Man Cowie - The Role of Universal Grammar in Language-Learning Crain - Brass Tacks in Linguistic Theory Crane - Elements of Mind
Crane - Review - The Nature of Consciousness Dancy - Contemporary Epistemology Daniel Dennett – Conditions of Personhood Davidson - Actions, Reasons, and Causes Davidson - Agency
Davidson - Intending DeGrazia - Are We Essentially Persons? Dennett - True Believers Descartes - Fifth Meditation Descartes - Real Distinction
Doepke - What are We? Doepke - What We Are Dretske - Laws of Nature Edgington - Do Conditionals Have Truth-Conditions Edgington - The Logic Of Uncertainty
Everett - Don't Sleep There are Snakes Fine - A Counter-Example to Locke's Thesis Fine - The Non-Identity of a Material Thing and Its Matter Fine - The Non-Identity of a Material Thing and Its Matter (Essay) Fodor - Doing Without What's Within
Fodor - The Modularity of Mind Fodor - The Persistence of the Attitudes Fodor&Pylyshyn - Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture Frankfurt - Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility Frankfurt - Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
Garrett - Animalism Garrett - Personal Identity and Reductionism Garrett - Persons and Bodies - Response Gemes - Logical Content and Empirical Significance Gemes - The World In Itself
Gibbard - Contingent Identity Goodman - The New Riddle of Induction Goodman - The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals Haugeland - Semantic Engines Hempel - Laws and Their Role in Scientific Explanation
Hume - Of Justice and Injustice Hume - Operation of the Understanding Jackson - Epiphenomenal Qualia Jackson - Grue Johnston - Human Beings
Kagan - Death Kenny - Reason and Intuition Kripke - Naming and Necessity Kurtz - Persistence (Introduction) Laurence+Margolis - Poverty of Stimulus
Le Fanu - Doubts About Darwin Leslie - Starving the Theological Cuckoo Lowe - Locke on Identity Mackie - Causes and Conditions Mackie - The Subjectivity of Values
Markosian - The Human Animal: Three Problems for Olson McDowell - Aesthetic Value McDowell - Values and Secondary Qualities Meinwald - Third Man Mill - Utilitarianism
Moore - Certainty Moore - Common Sense Moore - External World Moore - Four Forms of Scepticism Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul: Establishing a Framework For Approaching Human Personhood
Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul: Human Persons as Substances or Property-Things Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul: Introduction Noonan - Persons and Bodies - Response Olson - Immanent Causation and Life After Death Olson - Personal Identity - Oxford Bibliographies Online
Olson - Persons and Bodies - Response Olson - Review of 'Persons: Human and Divine' Olson - The Human Animal (Precis) Olson - The Human Animal Abstracta Symposium Olson - The Human Animal: Reply to Baker
Olson - The Human Animal: Reply to Markosian Olson - The Human Animal: Reply to Zimmerman Olson - What Are We? Olson - What Are We? The Question Olson - What Are We? What Now?
Parfit - What We Believe Ourselves To Be Pink - Reason and Agency Plato - Republic on Women & Children Popper - Conjectures and Refutations Popper - Fallibility as a Criterion of Demarcation
Popper - Merits of Improbability Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death: Methodology Rosenberg - Thinking Clearly About Death: Prefaces & Prelude Russell - Do We Survive Death? Russell - Proper Names
Schopenhauer - Freedom of the Will Searle - Intentionality Searle - Minds, Brains, and Programs Skyrms - Goodman Paradox Snowdon - The Self and Personal Identity
Spinoza - Ethics Sterelny & Griffiths - From Sociobiology to Evolutionary Psychology Strawson - Why I Have No Future Stroud - Hume's Theory of Ideas Swinburne - Personal Identity: The Dualist Theory
Van Inwagen - Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism Vlastos - Third Man Wickler - Berkeley on Immaterialism Williams - Ethics Williams - Internal Reasons and the Obscurity of Blame
Williams - Relativism Williams - Skepticism Williams - The Self and the Future Wilson - Descartes's Epistemological Argument for Mind-Body Distinctness Wittgenstein - Bodily Sensations
Wong - Relativism Woolhouse - Leibniz and Substance Woolhouse - Locke’s Theory of Knowledge Woolhouse - Spinoza and Substance Zimmerman - The Human Animal: Objections

To access information, click on one of the links in the table above (if any).

See the list below for concatenated versions of all my Notes, broken down by category. The concatenation is now - on account of size - restricted to a list of properties rather than the full text. Where the list item is noted as "out of date by n days", this indicates that at least one of the associated Notes has been updated since the concatenation was undertaken, and that the earliest of these instances was n days ago:-

  1. Animadversions (Out of Date by 14 days)
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity (Out of Date by 14 days)
  7. Status Reports (Out of Date by 15 days)
  8. Website Documentation
  9. Write-ups

Note Qualities: for an explanation of the colouration in the table above, see the table below! "Note Quality" is a new feature, is somewhat experimental, and subject to checking and refinement.

None Specified  
High Quality Note quality relates both to its intrinsic – albeit subjective – quality, and to its completeness and / or length. I’ll try to refine this over time. Also, as I only have 3 levels, it is relative. It is supposed to tell the reader whether it’s worth clicking and reading, and to remind me of work yet to be done! So, “High Quality” Notes are the best I’ve got – usually long and complete and – hopefully – worth reading. 
High Quality - PDF As above, but currently existing only as pdfs, awaiting conversion to Note format. As this is a laborious task, it’s work in progress. Most of these pdfs were produced during my undergraduate days in 2000 – 2003. 
Medium Quality “Medium Quality” Notes are usually those on which I’ve made significant progress but are still incomplete – being either still work in progress, or Notes that I got stuck on or bored with. Occasionally they are complete but short. 
Medium Quality - PDF As above, but currently existing only as pdfs, awaiting conversion to Note format. These were produced during my undergraduate days in 2000 – 2003, and were left incomplete because I ran out of time, or got bored or stuck. 
Low Quality “Low Quality” Notes are usually just place-holders, or Notes I’ve just started. 
Low Quality - PDF As above, but in pdf form. There shouldn't be any! 
Plug Note - With Reading List These may be quite extensive – particularly if they have worked-out reading lists – but usually contain the disclaimer: “A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis. As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.” 
Plug Note - Reading List TBA As above, but the reading list is yet to be supplied. 

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