Ontology is the philosophical study of what exists. In this course, we will be exploring stance voluntarism: the idea that seemingly competing ontological positions can both be rational to endorse because they differ not on matters of fact, but merely with respect to non-cognitive commitments (“stances”). We will focus chiefly on stance voluntarism as it relates to the sciences.
The policies for the course can be found here.
Our main book for this course will be:
Chakravartty, Anjan. 2017. Scientific ontology : integrating naturalized metaphysics and voluntarist epistemology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hereafter, this is referred to simply as “Chakravartty”.
2/22 No Class
- Course policies
- Chakravartty, A. 2018. “Realism, Antirealism, Epistemic Stances, and Voluntarism.” In The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism, edited by Juha Saatsi, 225-236. London: Routledge.
- Chakravartty, Ch. 1
Presenter: Farhan Islam
Psillos, Stathis. 2003. “Putting a Bridle on Irrationality: An Appraisal of Van Fraassen’s New Epistemology.” In Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen, edited by Bradley John Monton, 288-319. Oxford University Press.
Chakravartty, Ch. 2
Presenter: Nate Obbard
van Fraassen, Bas C. 2002. The empirical stance. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Chakravartty, Ch. 3
Presenter: Pete Huggins
Bryant, Amanda. 2020. “Epistemic Infrastructure for a Scientific Metaphysics.” Grazer Philosophische Studien 98 (1):27-49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/18756735-000096.
Bryant, Amanda. forthcoming. “Book Symposium: Anjan Chakravartty’s Scientific Ontology A Thousand Flowers on the Road to Epistemic Anarchy: Comments on Chakravartty’s Scientific Ontology.” Dialogue.
Chakravartty, Ch. 4
Presenter: Kenzo Okazaki
3/24 Stances Toward Structures
Chakravartty, Ch. 5
Presenter: Nam Nguyen
3/31 Ontological uncertainty
Chakravartty, Ch. 6
Presenter: Rebecca Amen
Chakravartty, Ch. 7
Presenter: Phin Choukas
Chakravartty, Ch. 8
WEEKS 9 and 10
We have two weeks to play… I may workshop some of my stuff.
WEEK 9 Taking Stock
4/19 Metascience Volume 27, issue 3, November 2018, pp. 357-387
Symposium: Lewis, Magnus, Strevens, & Chakravartty
4/26 Guest Speaker: Jared Millson, Cal State Bakersfield
Millson and Khalifa (in progress), “Inquisitive Veritism”
Writing Workshop Begins
5/3 Break (No Classes)
5/5 Extra Office Hours (Email me)
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin, Kenzo
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin, Nate
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin, Nam
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin, Becca
Peer Evaluators: Pete, Phin, Farhan
5/27 Final Paper Due at 11:59PM