Offered Spring 2004

Concepts, Representation and Mental States

The research seminar on Language and Mind will be conducted for the Spring of 2004 by Jerry Fodor and Christopher Peacocke. Visitors to the seminar on this interdisciplinary area will include both philosophers and psychologists. We will meet in the Seminar Room of the Philosophy Department on Tuesdays 4:00 to 7:00pm. A preparation session, restricted to students enrolled in the course, will meet on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00pm. 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.

Please note that the time of the preparation session has changed from 5:00 to 4:00 PM.

Schedule of Visitors:

January 20, 2004:

Jerry Fodor
Rutgers University and NYU

January 27, 2004:

Christopher Peacocke
  • "Mental Action and Mental Concepts".

February 3, 2004:

Austen Clark
University of Connecticut

February 10, 2004:

Robert Brandom
University of Pittsburgh

February 17, 2004:

Elizabeth Spelke
Department of Psychology, Harvard University

February 24, 2004:

John Campbell
Oxford University

March 2, 2004:

Zenon Pylyshyn
Department of Psychology, Rutgers University

March 9, 2004:

Charles Ransom Gallistel
Department of Psychology, Rutgers University
  • "Insect Navigation: Brains as Symbol-Processing Organs" electronic preprint of "Symbolic Processes in the brain: The case of insect navigation" in D. Scarorough and S. Sternberg (eds.) Methods, models and conceptual issues. Vol. 4 of An Invitation to Cognitive Science. Second Edition. (D. Osherson, General Editor.) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

March 23, 2004:

Sean Kelly
Princeton University

March 30, 2004

Susan Carey
Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • The Origin of Concepts, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. Chapter 3 is the most important, Chapter 2 informs Chapter 3, and Chapter 1 simply gives and overview of the book from which these chapters come. Concentrate on Chapter 3: pp 1-13 and 17-28, Chapter 2: pp. 1-19, 23-28, and Chapter 1: 2-7.

April 6, 2004:

José Bermúdez
Washington University, St. Louis

April 13, 2004:

Fred Dretske
Duke University

April 20, 2004:

Alan Leslie
Department of Psychology, Rutgers University

April 27, 2004:

Jane Heal
University of Cambridge

updated 11/5/03