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Philosophical Projects PHI356 Spring 2016

Niall Connolly- Nietzsche on Morality

Eric Olson- The ontology of material objects

Annamaria Carusi- The philosophy of medicine

Robbie Morgan- Sexual desire

Dominic Gregory- Indicative conditionals

Steve Makin- Akrasia

Nietzsche on Morality (Niall Connolly)

Friedrich Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morals

R. Geuss ‘Nietzsche and Genealogy’ European Journal of Philosophy 2 (1994) pp.275-92

Alexander Nehamas Nietzsche: Life as Literature chapter 4 (‘Nature against something that is also nature’)

Brian Leiter Nietzsche on Morality ch.s 1, 3, 4 & 5.

The Ontology of Material Objects (Eric Olson)

M. Heller, The Ontology of Physical Objects (CUP 1990), ch. 1

F. Howard-Snyder, De Re Modality Entails De Re Vagueness, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 72 (1991): 101-112 (Reprinted in M. Rea, ed., Material Constitution, Rowman & Littlefield 1997.)

D. Lewis, On the Plurality of Worlds (Blackwell 1986): 211-213

N. Markosian, Brutal Composition, Philosophical Studies 92 (1998): 211-249

E. Olson, Why I Have No Hands, Theoria 61, 1995: 182-197

T. Sider, Four-Dimensionalism (OUP 2001), §4.9

P. van Inwagen, The doctrine of arbitrary undetached parts, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62: 123-137. (Reprinted in Rea 1997 and in van Inwagen, Ontology, Identity, and Modality, CUP 2001).

P. van Inwagen, Material Beings (Cornell 1990), §§1-3, 6, 8-10, 17

The Philosophy of Medicine (Annamaria Carusi)

Andreasen, R. The Concept of Race in Medicine. In M. Ruse (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology. 478-503.

Canguilhem, G. (1991) The Normal and the Pathological. Zone. Intro by Foucault, and Part 2.

Fleck, L. (1979) Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Univ of Chicago Press. Chapter 1.

Foucault. M. (1973) Birth of the Clinic. Tavistock. Preface and Chapter 1

Gillies, D. 2005. Hempelian and Kuhnian Approaches in the Philosophy of Medicine: The Semmelweis Case. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36(1): 159―81.

Ludmilla Jordanova, Sexual Visions: Images of Gender in Science and Medicine between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries, pp. 1-65; 87-159.

J. Kovács. (1998) The concept of health and disease. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy 1: 31-39.

Hugh La Follette and Niall Shanks, " Animal Experimentation: The Legacy of Claude Bernard," International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, (1994), pp. 195-210.

Rosenberger, C. and Golden, J. (1992) Framing Disease. Rutgers. Introduction.

Bynum, W. A Very Short Introduction to the History of Medicine. Oxford UP.

Other resources:

Gifford, F. (2011) Philosophy of Medicine. Handbook of Philosophy of Science, Volume 16. Elsevier. Selection

Lindemann-Nelson, H & Lindemann-Nelson, J. (1999) Meaning and Medicine: A Reader in the Philosophy of Health Care. Routledge. Selection.

Meacham, D. (ed) 2015 Medicine and Society: New Perspectives in Continental Philosophy. Springer. Selection.

Van de Vall, R. & Zwijnenberg, R., (2009) The Body Within: Art, Medicine and Visualisation. Brill.

Zeiler, K. and Käll, L. (2014) Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine . SUNY Press. Selection



Understanding Sexual Desire (Robbie Morgan)

TPoSn = Alan Soble et al. (ed.), The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, nth edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.



Core Readings

Alan H. Goldman, “Plain Sex.” Philosophy and Public Affairs 6(3), 1997. Also in TPoS2, TPoS3, TPoS4, TPoS5, TPoS6.

Seiriol Morgan, “Sex in the Head,” in Journal of Applied Philosophy 20(1), 2003, pp.1-16. Also in TPoS6.

Igor Primoratz, Ethics and Sex. London: Routledge 1999. Chapter 5 (“The Pleasure of Sex”).

Alan Soble, “On Jacking Off, Yet Again.” Nicholas Power, Raja Halwani, and Alan Soble (ed.), The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 6th Edition. Plymouth, UK: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2013, pp.77-99.

Further Readings

Raja Halwani, Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage: An Introduction. New York: Routledge 2010. Chapter 5 (“What is Sex?”).

Christopher Hamilton, “Sex.” Alan Soble and Nicholas Power (ed.), The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 5th edition. Plymouth, UK: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2008, pp.

Roger Scruton, Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation. Cornwall: Continuum 1996. Chapter 2 (“Arousal”).

Robert Solomon, “Sexual Paradigms.” The Journal of Philosophy 71(11), 1974, pp.336-345. Also in TPoS2, TPoS3, TPoS4.

Jonathan Webber, “Sex” Philosophy 84(328), April 2009, pp.233-250.



Indicative Conditionals (Logic) (Dominic Gregory)

Bennett, J. (2003) A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Edgington, D. (1995) ‘On conditionals’, Mind 104, pp. 235 – 329.

Edgington, D. ‘Conditionals’, at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/conditionals/

Grice, P. (1975) ‘Logic and conversation’, reprinted in Jackson ed. (1991).

Grice, P. (1989) Studies in the Way of Words (the first part of this collection contains the full text of Grice’s famous lectures on ‘logic and conversation’), Harvard University Press: Harvard.

Jackson, F. (1979) ‘On assertion and indicative conditionals’, Philosophical Review 104, pp. 565 – 89; also reprinted in Jackson ed. (1991).

Jackson, F. ed. (1991) Conditionals, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Stalnaker, R. ‘Indicative conditionals’, Philosophia 5, pp. 269 - 286; also reprinted in Jackson ed. (1991).

Aristotle on (lack of) self-control (Steve Makin)

Primary texts

Plato Protagoras 351b-358a.

There are various translations available. The translation by Christopher Taylor in the Clarendon Plato series (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991) includes extensive notes.

Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics Book 7

There are various translations available. The translation by Terry Irwin (Hackett, 1999) includes extensive notes. The translation by Christopher Rowe includes an introduction and commentary by Sarah Broadie (Oxford University Press, 2002). The translation in the Revised Oxford Translation is by W.D.Ross and revised by J.O.Urmson (Revised Oxford Translation, edited Jonathan Barnes, Princeton University Press, 1984: two volumes, Nicomachean Ethics is in volume 2. This is accessible electronically via the University Library).

Secondary reading

Hardie W.F.R Aristotle’s Ethical Theory (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1980) Chapter 13

Holton R ‘Intention and Weakness of Will’ Journal of Philosophy 96 (1999) 241-262

Kraut R, Aristotle’s Ethical Theory’ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Section 7

Lear J. Aristotle: The Desire to Understand (Cambridge University Press, 1988) Chapter 5.4

Shields C Aristotle (Routledge, London, 2007) Chapter 8.5



Steward H. ‘Akrasia’ Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy sections 1 and 2

Urmson J.O. Aristotle’s Ethics (Blackwell, 1988) Chapter 7


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