Welcome to my website. A selection of new material of all kinds is listed below.
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|The Earth and the Aleph||11 Nov 2013|
Abstract: Borges’ short story “The Aleph” describes a situation that seems to some philosophers to be an example of mereological circularity: of two distinct, non-coinciding individuals, each of which is a part of the other. Is this coherent? I describe a way of generalising classical mereology that allows for this type of circularity.
Updated 11 Nov 2013: corrected a few typoes and clarified definition of “betweenness”
|Philosophical logic reading list||11 Nov 2013|
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 (*).
|Mereology reading list||07 Nov 2013|
This is reading list for a 4-session seminar on mereology. We will be covering philosophical rather than formal issues, but I will assume acquaintance with first order predicate logic.
|The many primitives of mereology||01 Oct 2013|
Abstract: Formal mereologies are axiomatised in a variety of different ways, with a variety of different primitives. This paper distinguishes three such ways, whose primitives are part, overlap, and proper part respectively. Not every formal mereology can be axiomatised in each of these ways. This paper considers what formal features a mereology much have in order to be successfully axiomatisable in each way.
Parsons, Josh. 2014. “The Many Primitives of Mereology.” In Mereology and Location, edited by Shieva Kleinschmidt. Oxford University Press.
|Permissives and epistemic modals||22 Aug 2013|
In this paper I develop an account of permissives (“You may…”) that is consistent with my overall theory of imperatives (for which see Command and consequence).