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PHL347: Philosophy of Mind: Syllabus: Spring 2001
"Know thyself"
(Inscription over the door of the Temple at Delphi)

PHL347
The Philosophy of Mind
INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser
email:  hauser@alma.edu
Office:  SAC B-28: Phone: 7308
Office Hours: M-TH 12:00-12:50
or by appointment
LH's Virtual Office:
http://www.wutsamada.com/aol/lshauser/virtoff.html

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REQUIRED TEXT: Philosophy of Mind by Jaegwon Kim
RECOMMENDED (ON RESERVE):  A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, ed. Samuel Guttenplan; The Place of Mind, ed. Brian Cooney

DESCRIPTION: What are minds or mental properties and what has them?  After a brief survey of the historical, religious, and practical background of our concern, the issues raised by our leading questions will be pursued from an analytic philosophical perspective with an eye to the place of mental phenomena in the world of material particles and physical forces science reveals.   Views on the nature of mind to be canvassed include dualism, behaviorism, mind-brain identity theory, functionalism, and eliminativism.  Topics include, mind & behavior, mind & brain, thought & computation, mental causation, consciousness, and meaning or mental content.

Grading & Assignments

ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE VALUE
Participation Forum & Attendance 1/3 of course
Paper Proposals Monday 5/14 priceless
Papers At their presentation 5/22 or 5/23 1/3 of course
Final Examination Thursday 5/24 1/3 of course
Class Colloquium
held March 22-23, 2001

Class meets M-TH 1-3:20: SAC308
Course Calendar

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
 April 29
Bladerunner
Discussion: Bladerunner


K1: History & Background
K1: Marks of the Mental

K2: Oh Behave!
K2: Ain't Misbehavin'


Discussion: Ryle
May 4
K3: Mind-Brain Identity

Discussion: Armstrong
K3: Mind-Brain Identity


K4: Mind as a Computer
K4: Doesn't Compute

Discussion: Searle
K5: Ramsey-Lewis


K6: Mental Causation
May 11 
K6: Mental Causation

Discussion of Proposals
K7: Consciousness

Discussion
K7: Consciousness

K8: Intentionality
K8: Intentionality


K9: Reduction
May 18
K9: Physicalism


Discussion
Colloquium I


Colloquium II
Colloquium III


Colloquium IV
 Final Examination
Rewrites Due

Further Details