The course is designated as a general introduction to the topic of the philosophy of time. First, it provides students with a general overview of the aspects of time that will be treated, and with a systematic introduction of the main theories of time that are present in the contemporary philosophical debate. Second, it focuses on the topic of persistence and introduces some key philosophical tools in mereology and location theory that will be put at work in other courses of the MA.
The course consists of a series of lectures alternating with presentations given by students and general discussions. The students will be required to submit regular written work and produce a research paper at the end of the course.
Cameron, R. 2015. The Moving Spotlight Theory. Oxford University Press.
Dainton, B. 2010. Time and Space (second edition). Acumen Publishing.
Mellor, D. H. 1998. Real Time II. London: Routledge.
Sider, T. 2001. Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Time and Persistence. New York: Oxford University Press.
Skow, B. 2015. Objective Becoming. Oxford University Press.
Simons, P. 1987. Parts: A Study in Ontology. Oxford University Press.
Varzi, A. and Cotnoir, A. forthcoming. Mereology. Oxford University Press.