Philosophy of Mind

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PHL347: Philosophy of Mind: Syllabus: Spring 2009

PHL347
The Philosophy of Mind
INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser
email:  hauser@alma.edu
Office:  SAC 229: Phone: 7209
Office Hours: 3-4 Mon. | 9-10 Tue. | 12-1 Mon. & Tue.
or by appointment

LH's Virtual Office:
http://www.wutsamada.com/aol/lshauser/virtoff.html

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DESCRIPTION:
To wonder, for instance, whether computers really have mental qualities such as their seeming acts of sensing, inferring, and deciding things ordinarily would indicate, is to wonder if they're conscious.  So many say.  Yet many (including some of the same ones) acknowledge there to be such things as "unconscious mental states."  So, what is thought, anyway?  And how is it related to consciousness?  How are both related to brains?  And what, pray tell, is consciousness?  What is it?  Who has it?  How do we know?  How do I even know about you?  This course considers a wide range of work (much recent, some ancient) in philosophy, psychology, computer science, and other disciplines bearing on such questions.  The course culminates in a colloquium series where students present their papers. 

Grading & Assignments

ASSIGNMENT

DUE DATE

VALUE

Participation

ongoing: online forums & classroom attendance

1/4 of course

Chapter Presentation

Week 3: e-copy or hard-copy due at time of presentation

1/4 of course

Term Paper: Abstract

Week 3: abstract (approx. 150 words) due on Friday

1/16 of course

Term Paper: First Draft

Week 4: hard-copy due at time of presentation/defense: approx. 1500 words

1/16 of course

Paper: Final Draft

Week 4: Thursday: approximately 2500 words: submit electronically

3/8 of course


Class Colloquium
to be held May 18-19, 2009

Class regularly meets M-Tu 10-12:00 & 1-3:00 in Dow L4
Course Calendar
First Class Meeting: Sunday April 26 1-3:30 p.m.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Zombies, Blade Runner, and the Mind-Body Problem
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Section 1: The problem

Section 2: The World
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Section 3: The Self

Online Discussion:
Week 1 Forums
on Moodle

Online Discussion:
Week 1 Forums
on Moodle

May 1

Look Who's Moving the Goal-posts Now
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Section 4: Evolution

Section 5: Artificial Consciousness
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Section 6: The Brain

Online Discussion:
Week 2 Forums
on Moodle

Online Discussion
Week 2 Forums
on Moodle

May 8

Section 7: Borderlands
student presentations
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Section 8: Altered States of Consciousness
student presentations

Section 9: First-person Approaches
student presentations
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Section 0: Previous Things
Reconsidered
student presentations

Online Discussion:
Week 3 Forums
on Moodle

Online Discussion:
Week 3 Forums
on Moodle

May 15
abstracts due:
submit online

Colloquium I
topic TBA
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Colloquium II
topic TBA

Colloquium III
Topic TBA
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Colloquium IV

Topic TBA

Online Discussion
Week 4 Forums on Moodle

Rewrites Due
submit electronically

May 22
skool is out!!

Offsite Resources
Duke U. Philosophy of Mind Resources | Chatbots

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