Many of these mini-essays were originally written as handouts for A level philosophy students, and thus followed a prescribed syllabus. For discussions of metaphysics in ethics, see Ethics; and discussions of metaphysics concerning God, see Philosophy of religion.
Within each grouping, the essays are listed in logical order, and later essays may well presuppose knowledge of earlier ones.
- Empiricism and metaphysics
- Metaphysics and epistemology
- The new scientific realism
- McDowell on realism about secondary qualities and values
What is a person?
- Characteristics associated with personhood
- Personal identity: a summary
- Continuity theories of personal identity
- Is personal identity ‘simple’?
- Personal identity v. survival
- The implications of cloning and brain damage for personal identity
- Are all human beings persons?
- Are any non-human being, e.g. animals or machines, persons?
- Aristotle and Descartes on the notion of a person
- Hume and personal identity