Theo Todman's Notes

Write-ups - Updated in the last 28 days - Notes Jump Table

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 Dancy - Contemporary Epistemology Fodor - The Modularity of Mind Jackson - Grue
Kenny - Reason and Intuition Kripke - Naming and Necessity Kripke - Naming and Necessity - Appendix Kripke - Naming and Necessity - Lecture I Kripke - Naming and Necessity - Lecture II
Kripke - Naming and Necessity - Lecture III Kripke - Naming and Necessity - Preface Kripke - Naming and Necessity -Addenda Laurence+Margolis - Poverty of Stimulus Mackie - Causes and Conditions
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 Pink - Reason and Agency Plato - Republic on Women & Children
Popper - Conjectures and Refutations Popper - Fallibility as a Criterion of Demarcation Popper - Merits of Improbability Russell - Proper Names Schopenhauer - Freedom of the Will
Searle - Intentionality Searle - Minds, Brains, and Programs Skyrms - Goodman Paradox Spinoza - Ethics Sterelny & Griffiths - From Sociobiology to Evolutionary Psychology
Stroud - Hume's Theory of Ideas 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 Wilson - Descartes's Epistemological Argument for Mind-Body Distinctness Wittgenstein - Bodily Sensations
Wong - Relativism Woolhouse - Leibniz and Substance Woolhouse - Spinoza and Substance . .

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
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity
  7. Status Reports
  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 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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