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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.

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 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 Leslie - Starving the Theological Cuckoo 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 - 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:-

  1. Animadversions (Out of Date by 12 days)
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity (Out of Date by 7 days)
  7. Status Reports (Out of Date by 12 days)
  8. Website Documentation (Out of Date by 2 days)
  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 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.” 


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