Philosophy of Mind
If we were to think of the philosophy of mind over the past fifty years as a single individual, we would say of that person that he is a compulsive neurotic, and his neurosis takes the form of repeating the same pattern of behaviour over and over. —John Searle.
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|PHL 244, PHL 244W, PHL 444||Meliora 221||Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30pm to 1:45pm|
This course is an overview of the recent history of philosophy of mind, focusing on the relationship between the mind and the physical world. The aim is to trace through some of the central debates in this history, and to assess where we stand today. Topics covered include the question of how to formulate physicalism about the mind; an examination of behaviourism, the identity theory, and functionalist theories of the mind; the prospects for integrating consciousness and mental content within a physicalist worldview; and the problem of mental causation. The course may be taken for upper level writing credit.
- The class has moved to a new room. We will now meet in Meliora 221. [6 September]
- The textbook is now available from the campus bookstore. [10 September]
- The details for Professor Kim's Colloquium presentation have been added. [15 October]
Two papers and one presentation. Graduate students or students enrolled for upper level writing credit will be required to write longer essays. Graduate students will also be required to do additional reading and meet for an additional discussion section. Due dates to be determined. There are no exams.
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The textbook has been ordered into the UR Bookstore, where it can be pre-ordered. It should be available in time for the class on Monday 10 September—any readings before the textbook arrives will be distributed in class. Note that the 2nd Edition is required. If buying second hand, make sure you do not buy the 1st Edition.
Jaegwon Kim, William Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University and author of our textbook, will be speaking to our class on Wednesday 7 November and also at the Philosophy Colloquium later in the afternoon. Here are the details for the Colloquium:
Wednesday 7 November, 4:00PM Gowen Room, Wilson Commons Reception to follow in Lattimore 501
Lecture One (Monday 10 September)
Focus especially on Sections 1-3.
Lecture Two (Wednesday 12 September)
Kim (2005, Chapters 1 and 2).
Garber, Daniel. 1983. "Understanding Interaction: What Descartes Should Have Told Elisabeth", in Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 21, Supplement, 1983, pp. 15-32.
Reprinted in his Descartes Embodied: Reading Cartesian Philosophy Through Cartesian Science, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, pp. 168-188. This is available online through our library. If you are on campus, this is a direct link. You will then need to navigate to p. 168 with the "Go To Page Number" button.
Lecture Three (Monday 17 September)
Kim (2005, Chapter 3).
Lecture Four (Wednesday 19 September)
Putnam, Hilary. 1965. "Brains and Behavior", in R. J. Butler (Ed), Analytical Philosophy, Second Series, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-19.
Reprinted in Hilary Putnam, Mind, Language and Reality, Philosophical Papers, Volume II, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1975, pp. 325-341. Also reprinted in David J. Chalmers, Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002, pp. 45-54.
Lecture Five (Monday 24 September)
Kim (2005, Chapter 4).
Feigl, Herbert. 1958. "The "Mental" and the "Physical"", in Herbert Feigl, Michael Scriven, and Grover Maxwell (Eds), Concepts, Theories, and the Mind-Body Problem, Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 2, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 370-497.
Reprinted in Herbert Feigl, The "Mental" and the "Physical": The Essay and a Postscript, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1968.
Lecture Six (Wednesday 26 September)
Place, Ullin T. 1956. "Is Consciousness a Brain Process?", in British Journal of Psychology, Vol. 47, No. 1, February 1956, pp. 44–50.
I have an electronic copy of this paper I can send to, or print out for, anyone who is interested.
Lecture Seven (Monday 1 October)
Kim (2005, Chapter 5).
Lecture Eight (Wednesday 3 October)
Putnam, Hilary. 1967. "Psychological Predicates", in Capitan, William H., and Daniel Davy Merrill, Art, Mind, and Religion, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, pp. 37–48.
Reprinted as "The Nature of Mental States", in his Mind, Language and Reality, Volume II, Philosophical Papers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1975, pp. 429–440.
Block, Ned. 1978. "Troubles with Functionalism", in C. Wade Savage (Ed.), Perception and Cognition: Issues in the Foundations of Psychology, Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 9, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 261–326. [URI]
Reprinted in his Consciousness, Function, and Representation, Volume 1, Collected Papers, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 63–102.
Lecture Nine (Wednesday 10 October)
Kim (2005, Chapter 6).
Lewis, David. 1972. "Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications", in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 50, No. 3, December 1972, pp. 249–258. [URI].
Lecture Ten (Monday 15 October)
Block, Ned J., and Jerry A. Fodor. 1972. "What Psychological States are Not", in The Philosophical Review, Vol. 81, No. 2, April 1972, pp. 159–181. [JSTOR]
Lecture Eleven (Wednesday 17 October)
Lecture Twelve (Monday 22 October)
Dennett, Daniel C. 1981. "Three Kinds of Intentional Psychology", in Richard A. Healey (Ed.), Reduction, Time, and Reality: Studies in the Philosophy of the Natural Sciences, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 37–61.
Reprinted in his The Intentional Stance, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 43–68.
Dennett, Daniel C. 1987. "Reflections: Instrumentalism Reconsidered", in The Intentional Stance, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 69–81.
Lecture Thirteen (Wednesday 24 October)
Kim (2005, Chapter 7).
Yalowitz, Steven. 2005. "Anomalous Monism", in Edward N. Zalta (Ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, Stanford. [URI].
Lecture Fourteen (Monday 29 October)
Kim, Jaegwon. 1998. "The Many Problems of Mental Causation", in Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 29–56.
Horgan, Terence. 1997. "Kim on Mental Causation and Causal Exclusion", in Noûs, Vol. 31, Supplement: Philosophical Perspectives, 11, Mind, Causation, and World, pp. 165–184. [JSTOR]
Lecture Fifteen (Wednesday 31 October)
Fodor, Jerry. 1989. "Making Mind Matter More", in Philosophical Topics, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 1989, pp. 59–79.
Reprinted in his A Theory of Content and Other Essays, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1992, pp. 137–159.
Lepore, Ernest and Loewer, Barry. 1989. "More on Making Mind Matter", in Philosophical Topics, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 1989, pp. 175–191.
Lecture Sixteen (Monday 5 November)
Kim, Jaegwon. 1998. "Mental Causation: The Backlash and Free Lunches", in Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 58–87.
Burge, Tyler. 1993. "Mind-Body Causation and Explanatory Practice", in John Heil and Alfred Mele (Ed.), Mental Causation, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 97–120.
Reprinted in his Foundations of Mind, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007, pp. 344–362.
Burge, Tyler. 2006. "Postscript: Mind-Body Causation and Explanatory Practice", in Foundations of Mind, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007, pp. 363–382.
Lecture Seventeen (Wednesday 7 November)
Kim (2005, Chapter 10).
Kim, Jaegwon. 1998. "Reduction and Reductionism: A New Look", in Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 89–120.
Lecture Eighteen (Monday 12 November)
Lecture Nineteen (Wednesday 14 November)
Kim (2005, Chapter 8).
Lecture Twenty (Monday 19 November)
Lecture Twenty One (Monday 26 November)
Lecture Twenty Two (Wednesday 28 November)
Lecture Twenty Three (Monday 3 December)
Lecture Twenty Four (Wednesday 5 December)
Lecture Twenty Five (Monday 10 December)
Lecture Twenty Six (Wednesday 12 December)
Updated: 3 December 2007