Meets Mondays from 4-5 in 58/1039 (S/R L) and Thursdays from 12-2 in 13/3019
SCHEDULE OF READINGS
For each week, the readings divide into required and optional further readings. I include the optional readings just in case you find the topic especially interesting and would like to do a presentation on it or simply learn more. You are not expected to read them.
Many required readings are in Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (ed. Chalmers, D.), Mind and Cognition (eds. Lycan, W. G. and Prinz, J.) and The Nature of Mind (ed. Rosenthal, D.), any of which would be usefultoown.
Many supplementary readings are drawn from Jaegwon Kim's Philosophy of Mind and John Heil's Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction, one of which I recommendbuying.
Part 1: The Metaphysics of Mind
Week 1 – Substance Dualism
Required Descartes, R. Selection from Meditations.
Optional Further Reading Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia. Selections from Correspondence with Descartes Gertler, B. "In Defense of Mind/Body Dualism" Heil, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Kim, J. "Lonely Souls" Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Robinson, H. "Dualism" WEB Sosa, E. "Subjects among Other Things" Sosa, E. "Mind-Body Interaction and Supervenient Causation"
Week 2– The Type-Type Identity Theory
Required Smart, J. J. C. "Sensations and Brain Processes" Kripke, S. Excerpt from Naming and Necessity
Optional Further Reading Heil, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Kim, J. "Muliple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction" Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Maxwell, G. "Rigid Designators and Mind-Brain Identity" Place, U. T. "Is Consciousness a Brain Process?" Smart, J. J. C. "The Mind/Brain Identity Theory" WEB
Week 3 – Functionalism and the Computational Theory of Mind
Required Putnam, H. "The Nature of Mental States"
Strongly Recommended Reading Levin, J. "Functionalism" WEB
Optional Further Reading Armstrong, D. M. "The Causal Theory of Mind" Baker, L. "Functionalism" Baker, L. "A Farewell to Functionalism" Block, N. "What Is Functionalism?" Heil, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind, Selection Lewis, D. "Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications" Putnam, H. "Minds and Machines" Pylyshyn, Z. "Computation and Cognition: Issues in the Foundations of Cognitive Science" Ravenscroft, I. Philosophy of Mind, Selection
Week 4 – Functionalism and the Computational Theory of Mind, Continued
Required Block, N. "Troubles with Functionalism"
Optional Further Reading Block, N. and Fodor, J. "What Mental States Are Not" Chalmers, D. The Conscious Mind, Ch.9 Fodor, J. "Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology" Fodor, J. Selection from The Mind Doesn't Work That Way Haugeland, J. "Semantic Engines: An Introduction to Mind Design" Levin, J. "Could Love Be Like a Heat Wave?" Nida-Rumelin, M. "Pseudonormal Vision: An Actual Case of Qualia Inversion?" Searle, J. "Can Computers Think?"
Week 5 – Property Dualism
Required Chalmers, D. "Consciousness and its Place in Nature"
Optional Further Reading Chalmers, D. The Conscious Mind, Chs.3-4 Jackson, F. "Epiphenomenal Qualia" Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind, Ch. 9 Kim, J. Physicalism, or Something Near Enough, Selection Schneider, S. "Non-Reductive Physicalism and the Mind Problem" Schneider, S. "Why Property Dualists Must Reject Substance Dualism"
WEEK 6 IS CONSULTATION WEEK; NO CLASSES
Part 2: A Little More on Consciousness
Week 7: More on Zombies
No new reading: We will continue to discuss Chalmers's arguments.
Week 8: Representational Theories of Consciousness
Required Harman, G. "The Intrinsic Quality of Experience"
Optional Further Reading Carruthers, P. "Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness." WEB Dretske, F. "Conscious Experience" Dretske, F. Ch. 1 of Naturalizing the Mind Lycan, B. "Representational Theories of Consciousness." WEB Lycan, B. "The Superiority of HOP to HOT" Peacocke, C. "Sensation and the Content of Experience" Rosenthal, D. "Explaining Consciousness" Shoemaker, S. "Introspection and Phenomenal Character" Tye, M. "Visual Qualia and Visual Content Reconsidered"
Part 3: Intentionality and Mental Content
Week 9: Externalism about Mental Content
Required Putnam, H. "The Meaning of Meaning"
Optional Further Reading Burge, T. "Individualism and the Mental" Clark, A. and Chalmers, D. "The Extended Mind" Fodor, J. "Individualism and Supervenience" Lau, J. and Deutsch, M. "Externalism about Mental Content" WEB Loar, B. "Social Content and Psychological Content"
Weeks 10-11: Naturalized Theories of Intentionality
Required Millikan, R. "Biosemantics"
Strongly Recommended Reading Dretske, F. "A Recipe for Thought"
Optional Further Reading Adams, F. and Aizawa, K. "Causal Theories of Mental Content." WEB Fodor, J. "Information and Representation" Fodor, J. "Meaning and the World Order" Fodor, J. A Theory of Content and Other Essays, Selections Loewer, B. "A Guide to Naturalizing Semantics" Neander, K. "Teleological Theories of Mental Content." WEB
Part 4: Mental Causation
Weeks 11-12: Problems of Mental Causation
Required Bennett, K. "Mental Causation"
Optional Further Reading Bennett, K. "Why the Exclusion Problem Seems Intractable, and How, Just Maybe, To Tract It" Davidson, D. "Actions, Reasons, and Causes" Davidson, D. "Mental Events" Davidson, D. "Reply to Jennifer Hornsby" Hornsby, J. "Agency and Causal Explanation" Hornsby, J. "Anomalousness in Action" Kim, J. "The Many Problems of Mental Causation" Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind, Ch. 6 McLaughlin, B. "Type Epiphenomenalism, Type Dualism, and the Causal Priority of the Physical" Robb, D. and Heil, J. "Mental Causation" WEB Yablo, S. "Mental Causation" Yalowitz, S. "Anomalous Monism." WEB