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:

Paul Churchland
University of California, San Diego

*      “Functionalism at Forty”.

January 25, 2005:

Ned Block

*      Two Neural Correlates of Consciousness”.

*      Background: “Some Concepts of Consciousness

February 1, 2005:

Alex Byrne

*      "The Puzzle of Transparency"

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)

the last page or so.


February 8, 2005:

Jesse Prinz
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

*      "Mental Maintenance: A Response to the Knowledge Argument".

*      "A Neurofunctional Theory of Consciousness".

Read “A Neurofunctional Theory of Consciousness” and at least section 3 of “Mental Maintenance”

February 15, 2005:

Victor Lamme
Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam

*      "Can Neuroscience Reveal the True Nature of Consciousness?";

*      "Separate Neural Definitions of Visual Consciousness and Visual Attention: A Case for Phenomenal Awareness";

Optional Background Reading: "Two Distinct Modes of Sensory Processing Observed in Monkey Primary Visual Cortex".

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:

Joseph Levine
The Ohio State University

*      "Conscious Awareness and (Self-)Representation";

Optional Background Reading: "Phenomenal Concepts and the Materialist Constraint".

March 1, 2005:

Christof Koch
Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech

*      The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach, "Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study of Consciousness";

*      "Chapter 2: Neurons, the Atoms of Perception";

*      "Chapter 5: What Are the Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness?";

*      "Chapter 14: Some Speculations On the Functions of Consciousness".

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 talk schedule.

March 8, 2005:

Stanislas Dehaene
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), Paris

*      "Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness: Basic Evidence and a Workspace Framework";

*      "Neural 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:

Alva Noë
University of California, Berkeley

*      Chapter 7 of Action in Perception, “Brain in Mind: A Conclusion”

*      Background: Chapter 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:

David Chalmers
The Australian National University

*      "The Representational Character of Experience"; or here

*      "Perception 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:

Karen Bennett
Princeton University

*      "Exclusion Again";

*      "Why I Am Not a Dualist".

April 12, 2005:

Susanna Siegel
Harvard University

*      Main Reading: "Particularity and Presence in Visual Perception";

*      "Direct Realism and Perceptual Consciousness";

*      Optional Background Reading: "The Contents of Perception", Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, especially sections 1 and 2.

April 19, 2005:

John Campbell
University of California, Berkeley

*      "An Interventionist Approach to Causation in Psychology".

April 26, 2005:

Tyler Burge

*      “Perceptual Objectivity”  This 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 or David Barnett for the password.)



updated 1/05/05