Course Requirements

Required Texts

1. GRAHAM PRIEST, Beyond the Limits of Thought, Cambridge University Press, 1982. ISBN: 0-521-28539-9.

2. R. T. W. ARTHUR, Leibniz in Cantor’s Paradise, (ms., online text), (hereafter LCP).

Recommended Texts


Course Requirements

Contributions to class discussion:                                                                                                                        (10%)

Leading a class discussion on the position on relevant topics of a philosopher of your choice. You will need to outline the philosopher’s views, how they relate to Priest’s interpretation, and whether his interpretation can be challenged in any interesting way; presenting this in such a way as to maximize class discussion.(10%)                    

Write up of your presentation outline into a discussion paper (6-10 typed double-spaced pages), due 1 week after discussion                                                                                                                                              (20%)

A draft of a research paper on any relevant topic of your choice (at least 5 typed double-spaced pages), due by the eighth week of term; this is a prerequisite for the paper .                

Final version of research paper (15-20 pp.) on any topic relating to the seminar. You should discuss the topic with me before beginning writing to ensure that the topic is acceptable and doable. Papers are due (e-mailed and in my mailbox in UH 310) by 4 p.m. on April 8th.                                                                       (60%)

Your grade in the course will be based on your active participation in the seminar (10%), your seminar presentation (10% oral, 20% written), and  your research paper (60%).

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