Syllabus for Phil GA 1103,
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This course will explore classic themes in the philosophy of mind through the lens of recent work. Each week there will be a main reading from the last decade or so and a background reading which is older, plus extra readings. Students should read at least the main and the background reading. In each class we will start by discussing background and then move to the main reading.
Course requirement: one 20 page paper due at the last class or a 10 page in the middle of the term with a revised version at the end. Students in their first two years are advised to take the latter option.
Topics and readings listed below are tentative and many may be changed
Further readings on all of these topics can be found in the of PhilPapers
September 5: Business meeting
September 12: Chalmers
The meta-problem of consciousness
David Chalmers, The meta-problem of consciousness, forthcoming as a target article in the Journal of Consciousness Studies
David Chalmers (2003), "Consciousness and its Place in Nature". In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Mind, Blackwell. pp. 102--142 (2003).
Keith Frankish, Illusionism as a Theory of Consciousness, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23(11-12) (2016)
Daniel Dennett, Why and How Does Consciousness Seem the Way it Seems? MIND Anniversary Collection. J. Windt and T. Metzinger. Frankfurt am Main, Barbara-Wengeler-Stiftung: 2015
September 19: Block
Geoffrey Lee, Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar, MIT Press
Geoffrey Lee, In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind. Routledge. pp. 222 (2013)
Ned Block, Geoff Lee's Hegemony of the Third Person, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar, MIT Press
September 26: Chalmers
Panpsychism and idealism
Philip Goff, Cosmopsychism, Micropsychism and the Grounding Relation, In William Seager (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism. Routledge (forthcoming)
Hedda Hassel Morch, Is Matter Conscious? Nautilus Magazine, April 6 2017
Galen Strawson, Realistic monism: why physicalism entails panpsychism in Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 pp 3-31: 2006
October 3: Block
David Chalmers, Mind Uploading: A philosophical analysis, an excerpt from “The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis,” in The Journal of Consciousness Studies (17: 7-65, 2010)
Block, N. (1978). "Troubles with functionalism." Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 9: 261-325.
David Chalmers, , Conscious Experience, edited by Thomas Metzinger. Imprint Academic, 1995
Michael Tye, " : The Importance of History to Phenomenology, forthcoming in a festschrift for Ned Block edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar
Ned Block, (and Chalmers). Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar forthcoming from MIT Press
October 10: Chalmers
Karen Neander, A Mark of the Mental, Chapter 1
Fred Adams and Ken Aizawa, Causal Theories of Mental Content, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Ruth Millikan, Biosemantics, Journal of Philosophy, VOLUME LXXXVI, NO. 6, JUNE 1989
Nicholas Shea, Representation in Cognitive Science, Oxford University Press, 2018
October 17: Block
Higher order theories of consciousness
Hakwan Lau and Richard Brown, , Lau, H. and R. Brown. The Emperor’s New Phenomenology? The Empirical Case for Conscious Experiences without First-Order Representations. Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar forthcoming from MIT Press.
LeDoux, J. and R. Brown (2017). " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 1-10.
Ned Block, , in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar forthcoming from MIT Press
October 24: Chalmers
Robbie Williams, The
Nature of Representation, pages 1-50
David Lewis, Putnam's Paradox, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 62 (3):221 – 236
October 31: Block
Is perception non-propositional?
Ned Block, part of Chapter 3 of The Border between perception and Cognition
Tim Crane, Is Perception a Propositional Attitude? Philosophical Quarterly 59, 236, p. 452-469
November 7: Chalmers
Terry Horgan and John Tienson, The Intentionality of Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Intentionality
November 14: Block
Is perception non-conceptual?
November 21: NO CLASS
November 28: Block
Attention and Perception
Wayne Wu, Attention and Perception: A Necessary Connection? In Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception. B. Nanay, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Christopher Mole, "Explanatory Roles for Attention", Section 3 of Attention, Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy, 2013
December 5: Chalmers
Eric Schwitzgebel, "If materialism is true, the United States is probably conscious," Philosophical Studies (2015) 172:1697–1721
December 12: Block and Chalmers
Probabilities in Belief and Perception
Scott Sturgeon, "The Tale of Bella and Creda" Philosophers' Imprint 15, 31: 2015
John Morrison, "Perceptual Confidence," Analytic Philosophy (2016), 1-34
Rachel Denison, "Precision, Not Confidence, Describes the Uncertainty of Perceptual Experience: Comment on John Morrison's "Perceptual Confidence", Analytic Philosophy (2017) 58, 1
Lina Eriksson and Alan Hajek, "What are Degrees of Belief?" Studia Logica, 86, 2, 2007
John Morrison, Perceptual Confidence and Categorization", Analytic Philosophy (2017) 58, 1