Winter 2010, T 3:30–6:18
372 University Hall
Office hours: M 2:30–3:30; W 11:30–12:30 or by appointment
sanson.7 at osu dot edu
This is a seminar on impermanence, or, if you like, on the view that reality is fleeting.
McTaggart’s paradox will provide a jumping off point. From there we will go on to consider various puzzles about temporal passage. That will then segue into the more general question of how to understand what is at issue between those who take impermanence seriously and those who do not.
We will end by considering a puzzling set of issues having to do with individuals that do not yet exist.
Texts will be posted to the course webpage.
This course has three requirements:
- An Annotated Bibliography
- A Seminar Paper
Your annotated bibliography is something you need to start now: after reading a paper, briefly summarize the key points and your reactions. This is something you may already do with all of your reading (if not, you should). My aim here is to force you to do it with all of your reading for this course.
A complete annotated bibliography, including papers that we discuss in class and papers we don’t (papers that are assigned but not discussed or additional papers that you read in connection with your seminar paper) is due at the end of the quarter.
A seminar paper proposal is due by the end of week 6 of this quarter. A seminar paper draft is due by the end of week 9. The seminar paper proper is due by the end of the first week of Spring quarter.
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