Philosophy of Mind 1.pptx - Philosophy of Mind 1 2 Course Description Goals Understanding Philosophical Theories of Minds Be happy\u2026or at least a less

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Philosophy of Mind 1
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Course Description Goals: Understanding Philosophical Theories of Minds; Be happy…or at least a less unhappy! Evaluation: In-class participation (10%), Regular quizzes (10%), Mid-term exam (20%); End of term exam (30%), Group project (30%) Quizzes: About every two or three weeks; (1) multiple choice, (2) short answer questions, or (3) a short argument Group Project: TBA Individual Presentation (Optional) 2
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Contents 1. Philosophical Theories of Mind Monism, Cartesian Dualism, Empiricism, Behaviourism, The Identity Theory, Functionalism…(17c to 20c) 2. Perceptual Experience (the late 20c to present) - Contemporary Debates on Contents of Experience, Conceptualism Vs. Nonconceptualism 3
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Texts Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, https :// / Churchland, P. Matter and Consciousness , Revised Edition, MIT Press, 1988. Kim, J. Philosophy of Mind , Third Edition, Westview Press, 2011. Ian Ravenscroft. Philosophy of Mind: A beginner’s guide, Oxford University Press, 2005. McDowell, J. Mind and World , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Searle, J. Mind, Language and Society : Philosophy in the Real World, Basic Books,1998. Fish, W. Philosophy of Perception : A Contemporary Introduction, Routledge: New York and London, 2010. 4
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Lecture *Tuesday 0-20 minutes: Q&A and Attendance Check 20-50 minutes: Basic Concepts; Explanations 50-75 minutes: Summary; Problem Solving (or Quiz) *Thursday 0-20 minutes: Short Discussion (Individual Presentation) 20-50 minutes: Lecture 50-70 minutes: Group Project End: Q & A 5
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Presentation (Group and Individual) Group: 25-30 minutes presentation + 10-15 minutes discussion Individual: 15-20 minutes presentation + 5-10 minutes discussion (Topics will be given at the end of class) 6
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Group Project Topics 1. The Nature of Mind (or Consciousness) 2. Brain and Mind – the relationship between them 3. AI and Animals – Do nonhuman creatures have experience as we do? 4. Nonconceptual Content – Do we able to perceive the world without conceptual capacity? 5. Physicalism 6. Reading Other Minds – How can we read nonhuman creatures’ mental state?; Can animals read our mental states? Email to T.A: 7
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Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of mind, like any other field of inquiry, is defined by a group of problems. The problems that constitute this field concern mentality and mental properties. (Kim, Philosophy of Mind , 2011: 2) *IF then, What is it to be a creature with a mind? -Humans? Robots? or Speechless animals? Mental Phenomena (e.g., thoughts, sensory experience, beliefs…) Nonmental Phenomena (e.g., digestive process, blood circulation,…) 8
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Philosophy of Mind Next Class 1. Kinds of Minds 2. The relationship between Mind and Body 3. Monism 4. Cartesian Dualism 9
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Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of mind, like any other field of inquiry, is defined by a group of problems.
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