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 this semester take place on Tueday 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 1, 2019: Time

February 19, 2019
Huw Price, (2011) ‘The Flow of Time’, pp. 276–311 in Craig Callendar (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, OUP.

Semester 2, 2018: Mostly Grounding; some Temporal Parts and Mereology

December 12, 2018 – Final meeting for 2018
Thomas Hofweber (2009) ‘Ambitious, yet modest, metaphysics’, pp. 260–89 in David Chalmers, David Manley, and Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New essays on the foundations of ontology. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
December 5, 2018
Jonathan Schaffer (2016) ‘Grounding in the image of causation’, Philosophical Studies 173: 49–100, §§3–4.
November 28, 2018
Jonathan Schaffer (2016) ‘Grounding in the image of causation’, Philosophical Studies 173: 49–100, §§1–2.
November 21, 2018
Jonathan Schaffer (2016) ‘Ground Rules’ pp. 143–69 in Kenneth Aizawa and Carl Gillett (eds.), Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground, Palgrave Macmillan.
November 14, 2018
No meeting
November 7, 2018
Jessica Wilson (2014) ‘No work for a theory of grounding’, Inquiry 57: 535–79.
Ricki Bliss and Kelly Trogdon (2016) ‘Metaphysical Grounding’, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
October 31, 2018
Kathrin Koslicki (2015) ‘The coarse-grainedness of grounding’, pp. 306–44 in Karen Bennett and Dean W Zimmerman (eds.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 9, Oxford University Press.
October 24, 2018
Kit Fine (2012) ‘Guide to Ground’, pp. 37–80 in Fabrice Correia and Benjamin Schnieder (eds.) Metaphysical Grounding, Cambridge University Press.
October 17, 2018
Kit Fine (1994) ‘Essence and Modality’, Philosophical Perspectives 8: 1–16.
October 10, 2018
Dorr ‘To be F is to be G’ continued from September 26.
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.