Grad Seminar Resource List

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Resources for the course include readings on philosophical method, but also many topics which help us think about the diversity of ways in which philosophy is produced, in writing as well as other media. We can explore the differences between academic and popular styles, as well as philosophy written for diverse audiences. Our interest in contemporary methods and problems that are attracting research interest gives us some freedom in choosing readings.

As a grad seminar, it would be quite natural to focus on the specific methods, conventions, and rhetoric one finds in the world of professional academic philosophy. Students who are

Philosophical Method

  • Eliott Sober, Ockham's Razors (Cambridge UP, 2015)
  • Daniel Dennett, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (Norton, 2013)

Philosophical Style

  • Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style (Penguin 2014)

Recent Interesting Work in Philosophy

  • Crawford, Matthew. The World Outside Your Head (Farar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
  • Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is The Way
  • Quassim Cassam, Self-Knowledge for Humans
  • John Doris, Talking to Ourselves
  • F. M. Kamm, The Trolley Problem Mysteries (Oxford UP, 2016)
  • Mattew C. Haug (ed.), The Armchair or the Laboratory? (Routledge, 2014)

Contemporary Philosophy and Problems: Naturalism, Embodied Consciousness, Evolution and Philosophy, Free Will

Contemporary Figures in Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenology: Heidegger, Derrida, Foucault, Zizek, Deleuze, Baudrillard, Nancy