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Electronic devices are not permitted in the classroom, and you will be required to bring the textbooks to class; this means you need to have physical copies of these books. However, the first four on the list (and also the optional textbook) have been in print for quite a while; if you start looking early, you're likely to find inexpensive used copies.
Optional prereading: Hume, Treatise of Human Nature, Book I, Part IV, sec. 6. Peter Strawson, Individuals, ch. 3 ("Persons").
Further reading: Don Garrett, "Hume's Self-Doubts about Personal Identity". Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained.
Reading: Bernard Williams, "The Self and the Future" (ch. 4 in Problems of the Self); Bernard Williams, "Imagination and the Self" (ch. 3 in Problems of the Self; online reserve); David Velleman, "Self to Self".
Optional reading: Avner Baz. "Whose Dream Is It Anyway?" International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 4.3-4 (2014): 263-287; Nichols, S. and Bruno, M. 2010. Intuitions about Personal Identity: An Empirical Study. Philosophical Psychology, 23, 293-312 (online resource available through the Marriott catalog).
Further reading: Jenann Ismael, The Situated Self.
Happy Labor Day: Take Reasons and Persons to the beach!
Reading: Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons, pp. 199-347; Williams, "Persons, Character and Morality," from the last para. on p. 6 through the first para. on p. 8 (online reserve).
Optional reading: Bernard Williams, "Personal Identity and Individuation" (ch. 1 in Problems of the Self); Jennifer Whiting, "Friends and Future Selves"; Christine M. Korsgaard, "Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency: A Kantian Response to Parfit".
Reading: Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons, pp. 3-4, 17-195; review Williams, "Imagination and the Self," near the top of Problems of the Self, p. 40, from "Schlick famously claimed..." to the end of the paragraph.
Further reading: George Ainslie, Picoeconomics.
Reading: Thomas Nagel, The Possibility of Altruism, pp. 3-76. (I recommend you read it like so: start on p. 27, you can skim ch. 7 [pp. 46-56], and then wrap around and read pp. 3-23 last.)
Optional reading: Luca Ferrero, "Decisions, Diachronic Autonomy and the Division of Deliberative Labor"; Cei Maslen, "A Defense of Humeanism from Nagel's Persimmon".
Further reading: David Velleman, "Well-Being and Time," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 72(1), 1991: 48-77.
Reading: Review Nagel; Peter Strawson, Individuals, Introduction, ch. 1.
Optional reading: Ross Harrison, On What There Must Be, ch. 4 (= "Time"; online reserve); Bernard Williams, "Strawson on Individuals" (ch. 7 in Problems of the Self), through sec. 3.
Reading: Peter Strawson, Individuals, chs. 2-3.
Optional reading: Strawson, Individuals, ch. 4; Bernard Williams, "Are Persons Bodies?" (ch. 5 in Problems of the Self); "Strawson on Individuals" (ch. 7 in Problems of the Self), sec. 4.
Further reading: Bernard Williams, "What Was Wrong with Minos?" (available shortly).
Have a great Fall Break!
Reading: Jonathan Lear, Love and Its Place in Nature, chs. 1-3; review Parfit, Reasons and Persons, sec. 95.
Optional reading: Model papers: Matthew Fee, "Friends, Future Selves, and Frenemies" (on reserve in the Philosophy Department reception area); Andrew Hayes, "Unmediated Access, Mediated Interest: A Response to Velleman" (on reserve in the Philosophy Department reception area).
Further reading: Patricia Kitcher, Freud's Dream.
Reading: Jonathan Lear, Love and Its Place in Nature, chs. 4-6.
Optional reading: J. J. C. Smart, "Philosophical Problems of Cosmology" (available shortly); Barrow and Tipler, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (excerpt; available shortly).
Further reading: TBA.