RESEARCH SEMINAR ON
LANGUAGE AND MIND
Offered Spring 2005
The research seminar on Language and Mind will be conducted for the Spring
of 2005 by Ned
Block and Thomas
Nagel. Visitors to the seminar on this interdisciplinary topic will
include both philosophers and scientists. We will meet in the Seminar Room of
the Philosophy Department on Tuesdays 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A preparation session,
restricted to students, will meet on Mondays from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Papers to
be discussed at the Tuesday meetings will be available one week in advance,
and will be distributed at the preceding seminar. Copies will also be
available at the Philosophy Department, Silver Center,
Room 503, 100
Washington Square East. Many of the papers will
also be available for downloading from this web page. Unless otherwise noted,
these papers are in PDF form.
Schedule of Visitors:
January 18, 2005:
University of California, San Diego
January 25, 2005:
Neural Correlates of Consciousness”.
Concepts of Consciousness”
February 1, 2005:
"The Puzzle of
This is a long paper. If you are short of time,
concentrate on the following:
1-11 (up to sect. 2.3)
17-34 (from 3 up to 4.3)
39-49 (from 5 up to 7)
last page or so.
February 8, 2005:
University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill
Maintenance: A Response to the Knowledge Argument".
Neurofunctional Theory of Consciousness".
Read “A Neurofunctional
Theory of Consciousness” and at least section 3 of “Mental
February 15, 2005:
Group, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
Neuroscience Reveal the True Nature of Consciousness?";
Neural Definitions of Visual Consciousness and Visual Attention: A Case for
Optional Background Reading: "Two
Distinct Modes of Sensory Processing Observed in Monkey Primary Visual
Professor Lamme will be giving a talk the
day before (on Monday, February 14) in Meyer 815, 4 Washington Place
at 4 PM. Because this session
will probably run until 6 PM, the Monday session in the Philosophy
Department for students will start at 6 PM instead of the usual 5 PM.
February 22, 2005:
The Ohio State University
Awareness and (Self-)Representation";
Optional Background Reading: "Phenomenal
Concepts and the Materialist Constraint".
March 1, 2005:
Computation and Neural
The Quest for Consciousness: A
Neurobiological Approach, "Chapter
1: Introduction to the Study of Consciousness";
2: Neurons, the Atoms of Perception";
5: What Are the Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness?";
14: Some Speculations On the Functions of
These files are password
protected. These chapters are not the final versions from the book. Do not
post them elsewhere.
Professor Koch also will give a talk on Monday, February
28 to the Center for Neural Science at 19 West 4th St at 12:30
PM Room 101.
See the CNS
March 8, 2005:
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale
Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness: Basic Evidence and a Workspace
Mechanisms for Access to Consciousness".
Professor Dehaene will be
giving a talk the day before (on Monday, March 7th) in the Juan Carlos Center,
53 Washington Square South,
4:30-6:30. The Monday session in the Philosophy
Department for students will start at 6:30 instead of the usual 5:00
March 22, 2005:
University of California,
of Action in
Perception, “Brain in Mind: A
1 of Action
in Perception: “The Enactive
Approach to Perception: An Introduction”
These files, which are the same as the printed text, are password protected. (The
password was announced in class.)
Please do not post them elsewhere.
March 29, 2005:
The Australian National University
Representational Character of Experience"; or here
and the Fall from Eden"; or here
These two papers form one very long paper, with the
second building on the first. For the shorter version, read the first
paper and sections 1-8 of the second (note that sections 3 and 4 of the
second paper largely recap sections 6-8 of the first paper). You can
pick and choose from section 9 onward in the second paper.
April 5, 2005:
I Am Not a Dualist".
April 12, 2005:
and Presence in Visual Perception";
Realism and Perceptual Consciousness";
Optional Background Reading: "The
Contents of Perception", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
especially sections 1 and 2.
April 19, 2005:
University of California,
Interventionist Approach to Causation in Psychology".
April 26, 2005:
file is password protected. Please
do not give the paper to anyone outside the class or post it anywhere. (The password was announced in class
and is the same as other passworded files on this
course page. If you have been
regularly attending the class and do not have the password, email Matthew
Seligman email@example.com or David
for the password.)