Empiricism
PHIL3072, Advanced Analytic Philosophy, ANU, 2015


Jason Grossman

I know most of the links below are dead. I can resurrect them if anyone needs them. Probably.




For official information, see the course outline: http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/course-outline.pdf
and the Wattle site: http://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=14200.

Essay 1 topics and rules are now available at http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/essay-topics-1.pdf. The deadline for submitting essay 1 is 5 pm on the 9th of September.

This web site is for:


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/course-outline.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/lecture-notes





The class representative for this course is Liam Ryan: u4845549@anu.edu.au. You can contact him if you'd like to convey your opinions about the course to the School of Philosophy (or you can talk to me, or you can talk to the head of the teaching program, Bronwyn Finnigan, or to the head of the School, Christian Barry, or you can give your opinions on the survey we'll have at the end of semester).




General Reading


http://plato.stanford.edu
It's worth reading the Stanford Enyclopedia entries for all the philosophers we study.

(cheap paperback; any edition is fine; or the ANU library has it online although in a weird format)

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Russell%20-%20History%20of%20Western%20Philosophy.pdf
— particularly good on the connections between philosophers.




Early Modern Empiricism


Required Reading



http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Galileo.pdf

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/locke/locke1/Book2a.html#Chapter%20VIII

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/locke/locke1/Book4a.html#Chapter%20I

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/locke/locke1/Book4b.html#Chapter%20IX

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Berkeley%20-%20Commonplace%20Book%20-%20An%20Essay%20Towards%20A%20New%20Theory%20of%20Vision%20-%20A%20Treating%20Concerning%20the%20Principles%20Of%20Human%20Knowledge%20-%20Three%20Dialogues%20Between%20Hylas%20and%20And%20Philonous%20-%20De%20Motu.pdf (a good edition but with a bunch of extraneous stuff), or
http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Berkeley%20-%20The%20Principles%20of%20Human%20Knowledge%20etc..pdf

volume 1 part 1 sections 1-3
volume 1 part 2 section 6
volume 1 part 3 section 2
volume 1 part 3 sections 6-10
& volume 1 part 3 sections 14-16:
http://www.davidhume.org/texts/thn.html
(you can use the weird red box in the top right of that page to navigate to the sections you need)
or
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4705/4705-h/4705-h.htm

Additional Reading


http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/locke/locke1/Book1a.html




Logical Positivism


Required Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Russell%20-%20RelationSenseData.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Hacking%20-%20Positivism.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Popper.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Ayer%20-%20LanguageTruthAndLogic.pdf

Additional Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Russell%20-%20The%20Philosophy%20of%20Logical%20Atomism.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/O%e2%80%99Hear%20-%20Scientific%20Realism.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Friedman%20-%20Carnap%27s%20Aufbau%20Reconsidered.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Einstein%20-%20Remarks%20on%20Bertrand%20Russell%E2%80%99s%20Theory%20of%20Knowledge.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Hempel.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Neurath.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Schlick.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Mach%20-%20The%20Economy%20of%20Science.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/CILewis.pdf




Quine and Carnap


Required Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Quine%20-%20Two%20Dogmas.pdf
or http://www.ditext.com/quine/quine.html

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/CarnapESO.pdf

Additional Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Grice%20and%20Strawson.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Quine%20-%20Posits.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Quine%20-%20On%20What%20There%20Is.pdf




Theory and Observation in Science


Required Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Hanson.pdf


Additional Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Maxwell.pdf




Post-Positivist Challenges


Required Reading



http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Fine%20-%20The%20Natural%20Ontological%20Attitude%20-%20The-Shaky-Game-second-edition.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Fine%20-%20And%20Not%20Antirealism%20Either%20-%20The-Shaky-Game-second-edition.pdf



Additional Reading


http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Price%20-%20Metaphysics%20After%20Carnap%20-%20the%20Ghost%20Who%20Walks%3f.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Yablo%20-%20Does%20Ontology%20Rest%20on%20a%20Mistake%3f.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Price%20-%20QuiningNaturalism.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Davidson%20-%20A_Coherence_Theory_of_Truth_and_Knowledge.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Davidson%20-%20Empirical_Content.pdf

http://bunny.xeny.net/empiricism/Sellars%20-%20EmpPhilMind.pdf




And finally, In Praise of Idleness, by Bertrand Russell:
http://xeny.net/InPraiseOfIdleness