Metaphysics and Epistemology Reading Group Adelaide


The Metaphysics and Epistemology Reading Group Adelaide (MERGA) is a reading group for all things metaphysics and epistemology. It is convened by Antony Eagle at the University of Adelaide, and is open to postgraduates and academic staff in Adelaide. The group will choose a theme each semester, and select readings in keeping with the theme each week. There is no intention that the selected readings should provide systematic coverage of the theme. There are no fixed restrictions on the themes, our intentions being to run with the interests of the group.

Meetings take place Wednesdays 12:00–14:00, normally weekly. We meet in the philosophy tea room, Napier 718. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Each meeting is based on a reading which will have been read beforehand, usually a journal article or a chapter from a book. Meetings begin with a volunteer giving a brief introduction to the reading, followed by a lively discussion.


Semester 2, 2018: Temporal Parts, Mereology, & Grounding

October 3, 2018
No meeting (Australian Philosothon)
September 26, 2018
Cian Dorr (2017) ‘To Be F Is To Be G’ Philosophical Perspectives 30: 39–134. [The appendix is definitely optional!]
September 19, 2018
Elizabeth Barnes (2018) ‘Symmetric Dependence’, pp. 50–69 in Ricki Bliss and Graham Priest (eds.) Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality, Oxford University Press.
September 12, 2018
Gideon Rosen (2010) ‘Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction’, pp. 109–36 in Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann (eds.), Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology, Oxford University Press.
September 5, 2018
Karen Bennett (2004) ‘Spatiotemporal Coincidence and the Grounding Problem’, Philosophical Studies 118: 339–71.
August 29, 2018
No meeting
August 22, 2018
Eric T Olson (2006), ‘The Paradox of Increase’ The Monist 89: 390–417.