Honours Philosophy: Reading Schedule

(RR = Reason and Responsibility)

Weeks One-Four: Rational Theology

  • Week One: Introduction 
    • Plato, Euthyphro, RR, 580
    •  Feinberg, ‘A Logic Lesson,’ RR, 1
  • Week Two:
    • Paley, ‘The Argument from Design,’ RR, 56
    • Hume, ‘Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion,’ RR, 61
    • Anselm, ‘The Ontological Argument from Proslogion,’ RR, 30
    • Rowe, ‘The Ontological Argument,’ RR, 34
  • Week Three:
    • Mackie, ‘Evil and Omnipotence,’ RR, 100
    • Van Inwagen, ‘The Argument from Evil,’ RR, 108
    • Johnson, ‘God and the Problem of Evil,’ RR, 121
  • Week Four:
    • Clifford, ‘The Ethics of Belief,’ RR, 125
    • Blackburn, ‘Miracles and Testimony,’ RR, 145


Weeks Five-Eight: The Mind and its Place in Nature

  • Week Five
    • Gertler, ‘In Defense of Mind-Body Dualism,’ RR, 312
    • Jackson, ‘The Qualia Problem,’ RR, 324
  • Week Six:
    • Carruthers, ‘The Mind is the Brain,’ RR, 327
    • Churchland, ‘Functionalism and Eliminative Materialism,’ RR, 335
  • Week Seven:
    • Turing, ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence,’ RR, 343
    • Searle, ‘Minds, Brains, Programs,’ RR, 351
  • Week Eight:
    • Sider, ‘Personal Identity,’ RR, 364
    • Perry, ‘A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality,’ RR, 382
    • Shields, ‘Personal Identity’ (podcast


Week Nine: Mid-semester Break


Weeks Ten-Twelve: Free Will and Human Responsibility

  • Week Ten: 
    • Strawson, ‘The Maze of Free Will,’ RR, 467
    • Van Inwagen, ‘The Mysteries of Free Will, RR, 409
  • Week Eleven:
    • Pereboom, ‘Why We Have No Free Will and Can Live Without It,’ RR, 443
    • Hume, ‘Of Liberty and Necessity,’ RR, 456 
    • Ayer, ‘Freedom and Necessity,’ RR, 461
  • Week Twelve:
    • Chisholm, ‘Human Freedom and the Self,’ RR, 418
    • Nagel, ‘Moral Luck,’ RR, 475


Weeks Thirteen-Sixteen: Morality and its Critics

  • Week Thirteen:
    • Feinberg, ‘Psychological Egoism,’ RR, 501
    • Plato, ‘The Immoralist’s Challenge,’ RR, 513
  • Week Fourteen: 
    • Shafer-Landau, ‘Ethical Subjectivism,’ RR, 535
    • Mill, ‘Utilitarianism,’ RR, 596
  • Week Fifteen:
    • Ross, ‘What Makes Right Acts Right?’ RR, 610
    • Joyce, ‘The Evolutionary Debunking of Morality,’ RR, 527
    • Nietzsche, ‘Master and Slave Morality,’ RR, 519
  • Week Sixteen:
    • Wielenberg, ‘God and the Meaning of Life,’ RR, 664



.© Christopher Shields 2014