Josh Parsons' website

www.joshparsons.net / oxford

About this site

Welcome to my website. A selection of new material of all kinds is listed below.

You may be interested in my online papers, reading lists, or my PhD thesis. My more whimsical web creations include flags of the world given letter grades and my shrine to Bud Christman.

And there is a partial list of software I have written.

What’s new…

Philosophy of Religion reading list27 Oct 2014

This is a reading list for the Oxford philosophy finals paper “Philosophy of Religion”. Students may wish to also consult the philosophy faculty’s reading list available through WebLearn (in fact this reading list is closely based on the faculty reading list, with some tweaks).

The LaTeX cargo cult24 Oct 2014

I’ve used LaTeX for about 20 years, since I started as a graduate student in philosophy. I now try to avoid using it for all but the most specialised mathematical logic, and I discourage graduate students in philosophy from doing so as well, unless they are doing very specialised mathematical logic. Why?

Knowledge and Reality reading list10 Oct 2014

This is a reading list for the Oxford philosophy finals paper “Knowledge and Reality”. Students may wish to also consult the philosophy faculty’s reading list available through WebLearn.

Note that this reading list particularly concentrates on metaphysics, rather than epistemology.

Particularly significant readings are starred (*).

Is a metaphysical theory of truthmakers possible?30 Jun 2014

Abstract: Truthmaker theorists typically claim not only that all truths have truthmakers (Truthmaker Maximalism), but also that there is some enlightening metaphysical theory to be given of the nature of those truthmakers (e.g. that they are Armstrongian states of affairs, or tropes, or concrete individuals). Call this latter thesis the “Material Theory Thesis” (it is the thesis that there is some true material theory of truthmakers). I argue that the Material Theory Thesis is inconsistent with Truthmaker Maximalism.

Philosophical logic reading list05 Feb 2014

This is a reading list for the Oxford finals “Logic and Language” paper, oriented more around philosophical logic than my other reading list for this paper. Students may wish to also consult the philosophy faculty’s reading list available through WebLearn.

Particularly significant readings are starred (*).

About me

I am a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College and a Lecturer in the Oxford Philosophy Faculty. I work on metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, meta-ethics, ethics, and other bits of philosophy.

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