Philosophy of Mind

Fall 2022

Cambridge University Library MS Gg1.1, fol. 490v.

A depiction of the “interior powers” of the mind: “common sense, imaginings, judging, and remembering”, circa 1330. From Cambridge University Library MS Gg. 1.1, Folio 490v. For discussion, see Mary J. Carruthers, “Two Unusual Mind Diagrams in a Late Fifteenth-Century Manuscript”, Manuscript Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 2019, pp. 389-400. URI:


Course CodeLocationTimes
PHIL-SHU 801555 Century Avenue, Room 208Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:45am to 11:00am


NameEmailOfficeConsultation Times
Brad Weslakebrad.weslake@nyu.edu1555 Century Avenue, Room 961By appointment


This class is an introduction to philosophy of mind. No prior philosophy, psychology or neuroscience will be assumed.



The final grade will be determined approximately as follows:

First Exam: 20%
Second Exam: 20%
First Paper: 20%
Second Paper: 30%
Attendance and participation: 10%

Assessment dates:

First Exam: TBD
First Paper: TBD
Second Exam: TBD
Second Paper: TBD


Attendance and Lateness

Students are required to attend all classes on time. An explanation for every absence or late attendance must be submitted in writing to the instructor. Every failure to attend class on time will count against the component of the final grade awarded for attendance and participation, unless an explanation is received and approved at least one day prior to the class in question. Requests for exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis, and typically granted only when related to an illness or other unforeseeable change in life circumstance.


It is a condition on passing this course that students read and adhere to the NYU Shanghai policy on academic integrity as described in the current NYU Shanghai Academic Bulletin.

Course Materials

All notes, readings and assignments can be found here.

The following books have been placed on reserve in the library:


Meeting 1: Introductory Discussion (Monday 5 September)

Meeting 2: (Wednesday 7 September)

Mid-Autumn Festival

Meeting 3: (Wednesday 14 September)

Meeting 4: (Sunday 18 September)

Meeting 5: (Monday 19 September)

Meeting 6: (Wednesday 21 September)

Meeting 7: (Monday 26 September)

Meeting 8: (Wednesday 28 September)

National Day Holiday: Fall Break

Meeting 9: (Monday 10 October)

Meeting 10: (Wednesday 12 October)

Meeting 11: (Monday 17 October)

Meeting 12: (Wednesday 19 October)

Meeting 13: (Monday 24 October)

Meeting 14: (Wednesday 26 October)

Meeting 15: (Monday 31 October)

Meeting 16: (Wednesday 2 November)

Meeting 17: (Monday 7 November)

Meeting 18: (Wednesday 9 November)

Meeting 19: (Monday 14 November)

Meeting 20: (Wednesday 16 November)

Meeting 21: (Monday 21 November)

Meeting 22: (Wednesday 23 November)

Meeting 23: (Wednesday 28 November)

Meeting 24: (Wednesday 30 November)

Meeting 25: (Monday 5 December)

Meeting 26: (Wednesday 7 December)

Meeting 27: (Monday 12 December)

Meeting 28: (Wednesday 14 December)

Updated: 30 May 2022