are some of the courses that I have
taught/convened over the past couple of years.
2012; Undergrad): A
slightly `lighter' version of the logic course that I taught in 2011,
cutting back on the modal logics.
4-up): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1up), 6
(1up), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (1up), 16
(pdf): 1 (solutions), 2 (solutions), 3 (solutions), 4 (solutions), 5 (solutions), 6 (solutions)
Leuven 2011; Undergrad): an introduction to logic, providing an
overview of basic propositional and predicate logic, as well as,
time-permitting, a cursory glimpse of some more advanced topics (e.g.
modal logic, many-valued logics,...). The course textbook will be
selections from Priest's An
Introduction to Non-Classical Logic. See the 2012 version
Postgrad): a state-of-the-art introduction to the formal
of rational belief, which is a central concern to disciplines ranging
from philosophy to AI, through economics and statistics. We will be
covering (i) graded belief, (ii) full belief and (iii) the relation
between the two. Regarding (i) we will examine the main tenets of what
is known as 'objective Bayesianism'. We shall also review the debate on
probabilities of conditionals. Regarding (ii), we cover some of the
principal topics in belief revision theory, as well as the Ramsey test
for conditionals. We wrap things up with (iii), and a look at the
latest work on the lottery paradox.
The Evolution of the Social
Contract (Bayreuth 2010/2011;
Postgrad): a chapter-by-chapter examination of Skyrms' highly
acclaimed work on the biological evolution of the social contract. We
will be covering, back to back, both his Lakatos prize -winning The
Evolution of the Social Contract and
its follow-up, The Stag
Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure.
Undergrad): a tour of a large selection of fascinating
and paradoxes that challenge commonly-held views on practical and
theoretical rationality. Paradoxes covered range from the Two Envelope
problem to the Doomsday paradox, through Pollock's Ever Better
Applications to Epistemology
2009; Postgrad): an introductory overview of classical decision theory,
some of the associated difficulties and the potential points of contact
with epistemology (Pascal's Wager, decision-theoretic accounts of
2008; Senior Undergrad
/ Postgrad): an overview of various points of contact between
evolutionary theory and philosophy, with some basic philosophy of
biology thrown in. Covers various evolutionary approaches to mind,
epistemology and ethics.
(pdf, 2-up): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13,
2008; Senior Undergrad
/ Postgrad): an introduction to the literature on degrees of belief and
the rational constraints thereon, with a focus on the Bayesian
literature. The aim was to provide the student with basic tools to
engage with some of the more formal work in contemporary epistemology
and philosophy of science.
(pdf, 4-up): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.
#2. (not available atm)
2007; Postgrad): a seminar-based
course in metaphysics, co-taught with Nikk Effingham.
I - The Nature of
Being (Birkbeck 2006; Junior
Undergrad): an introduction to some key issues in metaphysics, covering
universals, substances, modality, causation, laws of nature, etc.