Syllabus for PHIL-GA 2294; Philosophy of Mind;

Tuesday 6-8, in Room 202, 5 Washington Place

Instructor: Ned Block

Office hours: by appointment

Some of the readings require a password.  Email ned.block@nyu.edu if you are attending the class but do not have the password.

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Please do not attend this course without permission of the instructor

 

 

September 3rd

Attention and Mental Representation

Block, N. (2010). Attention and Mental PaintPhilosophical Issues: A Supplement to Nous, 20, 23-63. 

Bill Brewer, Attention and Direct Realism, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 19-34.

Ned Block, The Direct Realist Approach to Illusion: Reply to Bill Brewer, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press:35-39

 

 

September 10th

Perception, Attention and Accuracy

Adrienne Prettyman, (2019). "Perceptual precision." Philosophical Psychology 32(6): 925-946.

Sebastian Watzl“Can representationism explain how attention affects appearances?” in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness.  A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 581-607

Ned Block, "Optimal Attention: Reply to Sebastian Watzl, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 609-615

 

September 17th

Color Inversion

Alex Byrne, "Inverted Qualia", in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Extra Reading:

Fiona Macpherson (2005). "Colour Inversion Problems for Representationalism." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXX(1): 127-152.

 

September 24th

Singular Content

Susanna Schellenberg, Perceptual Particularity, Chapter 1 of (2018). The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, Evidence Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Mark Sainsbury, (2019). Loar on lemons: the particularity of perception and singular perceptual content. Sensations, Thoughts, Language: Essays in Honor of Brian Loar. A. Sullivan, Routledge.

Ned Block, "Burge and Schellenberg on Singular Content", part of Chapter 3 of The Border Between Seeing and Thinking

 

October 1st

Cognitive Theories of Consciousness

Matthias Michel and Jorge Morales, "Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex", forthcoming in Mind and Language

Ned Block, " "What is wrong with the no-report paradigm and how to fix it", forthcoming in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

 

October 8th

Guest Class: Adam Pautz

Representationalism

Adam Pautz, Perception, Routledge forthcoming

Readings:

Topic: Against the Internal Physical State View 

Sections 2.4 & 2.5 (pp. 78-87)

Topic: For the Representational View

Section 1.11 (pp. 56-62)

Sections 3.1-3.2   (pp. 100-116.)

Topic: A Puzzle for Representationalism (Laws of Appearance)

Section 3.8 (pp. 137-144)

 

October 15th: Monday Schedule: no class

 

October 22nd

Guest Class: Gabbrielle Johnson

Burge's Model of Perception

Tyler Burge (2010). "Origins of Perception." Disputatio IV(29): 1-38.

Tyler Burge (2019). Psychological Content and Egocentric Indexes. Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness.  A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 41-69.

 

October 29th

The case for Modularity and Conceptual Perception

Guest Class: Eric Mandelbaum

Mandelbaum, E. (2017). "Seeing and Conceptualizing: Modularity and the Shallow Contents of Perception." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research XCVII(2): 267-283.

Mandelbaum, E. (2019). "Modularist explanations of experience and other illusions", Consciousness and Cognition 76

 

November 5th

Spatial Functionalism

Guest Class: David Chalmers

Chalmers, D. (2019). Three Puzzles About Spatial Experience. Or here. Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness.  A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 109-138.

Green, E. J. and G. O. Rabin (2019) "Use Your Illusion: Spatial Functionalism, Vision Science, and the Case Against Global Skepticism." Analytic Philosophy 0(0).

 

 

November 12th

Guest Class: Rachel Denison

Probability and Perception

Kersten, D., Mamassian, P., & Yuille, A. (2004). Object perception as Bayesian inferenceAnnual Review of Psychology55, 271–304. http://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.55.090902.142005

Extra Reading:

Ma, W. J., & Jazayeri, M. (2014). Neural coding of uncertainty and probabilityAnnual Review of Neuroscience37, 205–220. http://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-neuro-071013-014017

 

November 19th

Guest class: Susanna Siegel

Probability and Perception

Susanna Siegel, "How can perceptual experience reflect uncertainty," forthcoming in Mind & Language

 

November 26th

Does Perception have Rich Content or only Thin Content?

Guest class: Alex Byrne

Susanna Siegel and Alex Byrne, " Rich or Thin?"  In Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Perception, ed. B. Nanay (Routledge, 2016)

Optional Background Readings:

Scholl, B. J. and T. Gao (2013). Perceiving animacy and intentionality: Visual processing or higher-level judgment? Social perception: Detection and interpretation of animacy, agency, and intention. Cambridge, MA, US, MIT Press: 197-229.

Bayne, T. (2016). "Gist!" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116(2).

Fish, W. (2013). "High-level properties and visual experience." Philosophical Studies 162(1).

 

December 3rd

Modularity

Guest class: EJ Green

EJ Green, "The Perception-Cognition Border: A Case for Architectural Division," The Philosophical Review, forthcoming

Steven Gross (2017). "Cognitive penetration and attention." Frontiers in Psychology 8: 1-12.

EJ Green, "Binding and differentiation in multisensory object perception" forthcoming in Synthese

 

December 10th

Evaluative Perception

Lebrecht, S., M. Bar, L. Barrett and M. Tarr (2012). "Micro-Valences: Perceiving Affective Valence in Everyday Objects." Frontiers in Psychology 3: 107