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Resources for Term Papers

February 2, 2013

From time to time, I’ll post suggestions about material that might be helpful when it comes to writing term papers.

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Those of you who are thinking about writing about the nature of identity could profit from having a look at The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul, edited by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel Dennett. I don’t know of anything that is similarly accessible on the topic of radical skepticism and/or brains-in-a-vat, though you might want to check out Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone by Richard Popkin and Avrum Stroll. Charles Landesman and Roblin Meeks collect many classic readings on the topic in Philosophical Skepticism. On the other hand, Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Keith DeRose and Ted Warfield is excellent but not for the faint of heart. John Greco’s “External World Skepticism” in Philosophy Compass, 2(4): 625–649 is a good place to think a bit more about brains-in-vats. Alva Noë offers a radical take in his Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.

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