As part of the B.Phil. degree at Oxford I wrote a thesis about the semantics of appearance reports (my D.Phil. thesis is on the same topic). Here it is:
The B.Phil. also requires the writing of several exam essays. Here are the essays that I wrote:
- What semantic role does 'Elizabeth' play in the sentence 'George said that Elizabeth had arrived'?
- "Can we claim that 'hard' as applied to chairs ever is denied of hard questions, or vice versa? If not, why not claim that chairs and questions, however unlike, are hard in a single inclusive sense of the word?" (W. V. Quine, Word and Object, p. 130). Discuss.
- Can the concept of knowledge be analysed in more basic terms?
- What is the problem of universals?
- "A logically perfect language ... should satsify the [condition], that every expression grammatically well constructed as a proper name out of signs already introduced shall in fact designate an object." (Frege, On Sense and Reference.) Discuss.
- "I call the number four the denotation of '4' and of '2^2', and I call the True the denotation of '3 > 2'" (Frege, The Basic Laws of Arithmetic, vol. I, sec. 2, his emphasis). Is this a harmless assimilation?
- Is 'knowledge how' a species of 'knowledge that'?
- What is the epistemological significance of the question whether knowledge is closed under known entailment?
During the B.Phil. I wrote an essay for each tutorial. Here they are:
As part of my undergraudate degree in philosophy at Sydney University I wrote a thesis about Lewis's counterfactual analysis of causation. Here it is:
Here are the essays that I wrote as an undergraduate:
Fourth year subjects:
Second and third year subjects:
- Philosophy of mind
- First essay (The knowledge argument)
- Take home exam (Intentionality; Misrepresentation)
- Philosophy of Science
- Take home exam (Observation; Experiment; Ad hocness; Scientific revolutions; Gestalt switches)
- First essay (Locke on thinking matter)
- Take home exam (Locke on innate principles; Locke on association of ideas)
- Political liberalism
- Plato and Aristotle
- The problem of universals
- Problems of empiricism
- Epistemology II
- Intermediate logic
- Modal and Philosophical logic
First year subjects:
- First essay (Plato on pleasure)
- Second essay (Schiller on play)
- Formal logic
I once did a diploma of education at Melbourne University. Here is an essay that I wrote about the philosophy of education:
Before becoming a philosopher I studied a fair bit of mathematics. Here is the Masters thesis that I wrote:
Here are two published papers that I co-authored:
I also wrote a thesis as part of my undergraduate degree in mathematics. Here it is: