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2/2: General Introduction
Robert Stalnaker, Inquiry, MIT Press, 1984, Chapter 1
Slides for this class
2/9: Introduction to Causal/Teleological Approaches
Jerry Fodor, Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind (1987) pp. 97-111
2/16: Introduction to Interpretivism
Frank Ramsey, "Truth and Probability", Section 3
David Lewis, "Radical Interpretation", Synthese, 1974
Edward Elliott, "Ramsey without Ethical Neutrality",
2/23: Nick Shea
Representation in Cognitive Science, Oxford University Press, 2018
Core reading: Chapter 5
Supplementary reading: Chapter 3, Summary at end
3/9: Frances Egan
Primary reading: A Deflationary Account of Mental Representation, To appear in What are Mental Representations? Joulia Smortchkova, Krzysztof Dolega, Tobias Schlicht (eds.), New York: Oxford University Press.
"Mathematical Contents" section of this paper: The Nature and Function of Content in Computational Models, in The Routledge Handbook of the Computational Mind, M. Sprevak and M. Colombo (eds.), Routledge (2018), 247-258.
3/16: Adam Pautz
Consciousness Meets Lewisian Interpretation Theory: A Multistage Account of Intentionality. In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Mind ()
Some Notes on “Conscious Meets Lewisian Interpretation Theory” for M&L seminar students
Focus on Section 3
Slides for this class
3/30: Introduction to Phenomenal Intentionality
Terence Horgan and John Tienson, The Intentionality of Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Intentionality
· Chapter 1 up to and including 1.2
· Chapter 5 up to and including 5.2
4/20 Introduction to Conceptual-role Semantics
Ned Block, "Semantics, Conceptual Role", Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Ned Block, "Holism, Mental and Semantic" , Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
These encyclopedia entries are very short
Ned Block, "Functional Role and Truth Conditions," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 61: 157-181, 1987
Jerry Fodor, "Having Concepts; A Brief Refutation Of The 20th Century", Mind & Language 19, 1, 2004, p 29-47.
Gilbert Harman, (Non-solipsistic) Conceptual Role Semantics, In LePore, E., ed., New Directions in Semantics, pp. 55–81. Academic Press, London, 1987.
Julien Murzi, and Florian Steinberger. “Inferentialism.” In A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. 2d ed. Vol. 1. Edited by Bob Hale, Crispin Wright, and Alexander Miller, 197–224. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2017.
4/27: Christopher Peacocke
"What is involved in the primacy of metaphysics", Philosophical Studies, 2020. In this article, only the reply to Horwich will be discussed.
Chapter 2 of Truly Understood, OUP 2008
Chapter 1 of A Study of Concepts, MIT Press, 1992
Chapter 1 of Truly Understood, OUP 2008
Possession Conditions: A Focal Point for Theories of Concepts, Mind & Language, 1989
5/4: David Chalmers
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Integrity, Plagiarism, and Cheating (adapted from the website of the College
of Arts & Science, https://cas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/cas/academic-integrity.html):
Academic integrity means that the work you submit is original. Obviously, bringing answers into an examination or copying all or part of a paper straight from a book, the Internet, or a fellow student is a violation of this principle. But there are other forms of cheating or plagiarizing which are just as serious — for example, presenting an oral report drawn without attribution from other sources (oral or written); writing a sentence or paragraph which, despite being in different words, expresses someone else’s idea(s) without a reference to the source of the idea(s); or submitting essentially the same paper in two different courses (unless both instructors have given their permission in advance). Receiving or giving help on a take-home paper, examination, or quiz is also cheating, unless expressly permitted by the instructor (as in collaborative projects).