Unger’s Philosophical Papers Now Out

unger vol. 1 cover . . . unger vol. 2 cover

Peter Unger’s Philosophical Papers is now out, in two volumes [Vol. 1 link, Vol. 2 link]. In an earlier post, where I was informing you that these volumes were coming, the title was given as An American Skeptic Collects His Wits; that seems to have given way to the more boring Philosophical Papers. In that earlier post, I also pasted a draft of Unger’s Preface to the collection. That Preface has been revised some, but those interested to read it, at least in draft form, can follow the above link to my old post. The table of contents has been shuffled around a bit since that earlier post, with the result that Unger’s great epistemology papers are now all together in Vol. 1; Vol. 2 is now the more metaphysicsy volume. I’ll put the table of contents here below the fold.

CONTENTS — Volume I

Part I: SKEPTICISM, NIHILISM, AND SCEPTICISM: Before and Beyond IGNORANCE
1. A Defense of Skepticism
2. An Analysis of Factual Knowledge
3. An Argument for Skepticism
4. Skepticism and Nihilism
5. Two Types of Scepticism

Part II: COMPREHENDING AND TRANSCENDING STULTIFYINGLY COMMON SENSE
6. The Causal Theory of Reference
7. Toward A Psychology of Common Sense
8. Minimizing Arbitrariness: Toward a Metaphysics of Infinitely Many Isolated Concrete Worlds

Part III: KNOWLEDGE, ETHICS, CONTEXTS: Shades of PHILOSOPHICAL RELATIVITY
9. The Cone Model of Knowledge
10. Contextual Analysis in Ethics

Part IV: DEFENDING AND TRANSCENDING LIVING HIGH AND LETTING DIE
11. From a Book Symposium on Living High and Letting Die:
Precis of the Book, Reply to Fred Feldman, Reply to Brad Hooker, Reply to Thomas Pogge, Reply to Peter Singer

CONTENTS — Volume II

Part I: THREE STUDIES FOR A BOOK THAT WASN’T
1. There Are No Ordinary Things
2. I Do Not Exist
3. Why There Are No People

Part II: MANY MATERIAL MYSTERIES: Without ALL THE POWER IN THE WORLD
4. The Problem of the Many
5. The Mental Problems of the Many
6. The Mystery of the Physical and the Matter of Qualities: A Paper for Professor Shaffer

Part III: DEFENDING AND TRANSCENDING IDENTITY, CONSCIOUSNESS AND VALUE
7. From a Book Symposium on Identity, Consciousness and Value:
Precis of the Book, Reply to Sydney Shoemaker, Reply to Peter Strawson, Reply to Richard Swinburne, Reply to Stephen White
8. The Survival of the Sentient

Part IV: TRUE CAUSES AND REAL CHOICES: Still Without ALL THE POWER IN THE WORLD
9. The Uniqueness in Causation
10. Impotence and Causal Determinism
11. Free Will and Scientiphicalism


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