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PHL347: Philosophy of Mind: Syllabus: Spring 2005

The Philosophy of Mind
INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser
Office:  SAC 347: Phone: 7219
Office Hours: M-TH 12:00-12:50
or by appointment
LH's Virtual Office:

Required Text: Consciousness, An Introduction, by Susan Blackmore
Additional Readings Online: TBA

DESCRIPTION: To wonder, for instance, whether computers really have the mental qualities 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 consciousnessWhat 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, religion, and other disciplines bearing on such questions.

Grading & Assignments

Participation Forum & Attendance 1/3 of course
Paper Proposals Monday 5/16 priceless
Papers At their presentation 5/24 or 5/25 1/3 of course
Final Examination Thursday 5/26 1/3 of course
Class Colloquium
held May 23-25, 2005

Class meets M-TH 9-12:00: SAC308
Course Calendar

 Forum Assignment:
  Deckard v. Kalifornia
re: Bladerunner
(viewed 5/1)
B1: What's the problem?

B1: What is it like to be ...?
B3: What does consciousness do?
B4: Attention and timing
B5: The theater of the mind

B6: The grand illusion
May 6
B7: Egos, bundles, and multiple selves
B8: Theories of self
B9:  Agency and free will

B10: The evolution of consciousness
B11: The function of consciousness
B12: Animal minds 
B13: Minds and machines

B14: Could a machine be conscious (Searle)
May 13 
Discussion of Proposals

B14: Could a machine be conscious (Searle)
B15: How to build a conscious machine
B16: The neural correlates of consciousness
B17: The unity of consciousness
B18: Damaged Brains
May 20
Colloquium I
  Colloquium II
Colloquium III

Colloquium VI
Colloquium V

Colloquium VI
May 26
Final Examination
Rewrites Due

Offsite: Duke U. Philosophy of Mind Resources | Advice on Oral Presentations
Chatbots ("Conversational" Computers) | Spinoza's Definitions of Emotions | LH's CV |Unauthorized Online Supplement to Guttenplan's Companion to the Philosophy of Mind | Papers by LH | Phil. of Mind Resources | Zombie Page
LH's Notes: B0 | B1 | B2 | B3 | B4
| B5 | B6 | B7 | B8 | | B9 | B10 | B11 | B12 | B13 | B14 | B15 | B16 | B17 | B18
Reference: Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy