Favourite papers

July 13, 2008

Am off to Geneva tomorrow, to the Eidos Metaphysics conference, so its going to be quiet around here for a bit (not that it wasn’t already!)

Anyway, I’m looking for some holiday reading, and I thought it might be fun to compose a list of peoples favourite papers. They don’t have to be classics or recent papers, just ones you’ve enjoyed reading. Here’s mine to start things off. They’re in no particular order… oh, and I couldn’t be bothered to write out full references, so ask in the comments if the titles weren’t enough.

  • Nathan Salmon – “The logic of what might have been”
  • Timothy Williamson – “Necessary existents”
  • Peter Koellner – “On reflection principles”
  • Dorothy Edgington – “The paradox of knowability”
  • David Lewis – “The paradoxes of time travel”
  • Christopher Menzel – “Actualism, Ontological Commitment, and Possible Worlds Semantics”
  • Adam Elga – “Self-locating belief and the Sleeping Beauty problem
  • Angelika Kratzer – “Conditionals”
  • George Boolos – “To be is to be the value of a variable (or to be some values of some variables)”
  • Vann McGee – “How we learn a mathematical language”
  • Robert Stalnaker – “Knowledge, belief, and counterfactual reasoning in games”


  1. Wittgenstein – Philosophical Investigations
    Trivers – The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism
    Lycan – Names (From the Blackwell Guide to Phil Language)
    Donald MacKenzie – Computers and the Sociology of Mathematical Proof
    Brian Rotman – Towards a Semiotics of Mathematics

    And the winner is:
    Thomas Tymoczko – Value Judgments in Mathematics: Can we Treat Mathematics as an Art?

    Hmm…Caught me off guard. I’m sure there are others I’m missing. I have to check out that McGee.

  2. Here’s three:

    “New work for a theory of Universals”—Lewis
    “Tarski’s theory of truth”—Field

  3. Ah thank you – “Assertion” should probably be on my list too. I haven’t read the Field paper before though, I’ll have to check that out!

  4. You have done it once again. Incredible writing.

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