We
will consider both certain very
wellknown, and certain not
so wellknown, philosophical puzzles and paradoxes
and solutions to those puzzle and paradoxes. In
addition, we will see how such puzzles and paradoxes
figure into philosophy in general. Both historical and
contemporary works will be studied.
Some,
but probably not all, Topics:
Zeno's Paradoxes, Meno's
Paradox, Paradox of the Heap, The Liar Paradox, Frege's
Puzzle, Russell's Paradox, The Paradox of Analysis, The
Prisoner's Dilemma, Goodman's New Riddle of Induction,
Newcomb's Problem, Kripke's Puzzle about Belief.
Works:
A
large selection of works will be available from the
Moodle site for the course. There is no required
textbook.
Requirements:
Each
student will make two presentations, each student must
take at least three of the four popquizzes, and each
student must take the final exam. In addition, you are
required to turn in critiques of each presentation made
on a day other than the day on which you are making a
presentation.
Presentations:
The
presentations will be based on material in the various
readings. In addition, each student's second
presentation will be supplemented by at least two
readings related to the content of the work selected by
the presenters. Hence, the presenters are responsible
not only for the material covered in the reading for
which they are responsible,
but are also expected to provide coverage of additional
relevant material.
Presentation 1
will introduce the puzzle/paradox under consideration.
This introduction will be historical in as much as it
will present the puzzle/paradox in its original formor
in a form that is as close to the original as one can
find. In addition, the puzzle/paradox will be presented
in the form of an argument. Finally, the presentation
should cover Philosophy's initial reaction to the
puzzle/paradox.
Presentation 2
will
examine subsequent attempts to solve the puzzle. This
will also be largely historical in as much as it will
present philosophical responses to the puzzle/paradox
beyond those that occurred shortly after its early
discovery. These presentations will also be evaluative
in that they will contain careful critical evaluations
of attempts to solve the puzzle/paradox.
A
presentation that does not include a wellwritten
handout, will not receive a grade higher than a D, one
not containing statements of the main arguments and
theses of the work(s) it covers will not receive a grade
higher than a C, one not containing your own argument(s),
where appropriate, will not receive a grade higher than
a B.
Grading:
Of
the 100 possible points, 40 are from the first
presentation 40 are from the second presentation, and 20
are from the pop quizzes.
Schedule
(Under construction):
Week 
Day 
Topic(s) 
Presenter(s) 
1 
Tuesday 
Introduction.1 
Tom Ryckman 
1 
Thursday 
Frege's Puzzle 
Ryckman1 
2 
Tuesday 
Frege's Puzzle 
Ryckman2 
2 
Thursday 
Reading Day 
3 
Tuesday 
Raven Paradox,
Two Envelopes, Meno 
Piszkiewicz1, Gramila1, Vidaurre1 
3 
Thursday 
Surprise Exam, Grue?,
Heap 
DunbarHester1, Gifford1, Breese1 
4 
Tuesday 
Trolley Paradox, 
Wing1, Mckee1 
4 
Thursday 
Ship of Theseus. Paradox of the
Stone 
Brendt1, Specht1 
5 
Tuesday 
Prisoner's Dilemma 
Standley1, Wright1 
5 
Thursday 

Utter1 
6 
Tuesday 
Russell’s Paradox, 
Olsen1, Kane1 
6 
Thursday 
Midterm Break 
7 
Tuesday 
Two
Envelopes, Meno 
Gramila2, Vidaurre2 
7 
Thursday 
Raven
Paradox, Heap 
Breese2, Piszkiewicz2 
8 
Tuesday 

Gifford2, Utter2 
8 
Thursday 
Prisoner's
Dilemma 
Kane2, Wright2, Standley2 
9 
Tuesday 

Mckee2 
9 
Thursday 
Russell’s
Paradox, Paradox of the Stone 
Olsen2, Specht2 
10 
Tuesday 
Surprise
Exam, Trolley Paradox 
DunbarHester2, Wing2 
10 
Thursday 
Ship
of Theseus 
Brendt2 
