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Philosophy 251: Philosophy of Mind

Danielle Macbeth

Fall 2007



Texts:


Kim, Philosophy of Mind, second edition (Westview)

Chalmers (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (Oxford)

Course Requirements: Three presentations of your work-in-progress and three papers (five, six-seven, and eight-nine pages long). Drafts and rewrites required for the first two papers.




Course Outline

Week one: Introduction and Overview of the issues
The Nature of the Mind


Weeks two and three: Functionalism


Week four: Mental Causation


Week five: Presentations


The Problem of Consciousness


Week Six: Overview and the problem of consciousness


FALL BREAK


Week seven: Qualia


Week eight: Conscious Experience


Week nine: Presentations


Mental Content


Week ten: Overview and intentionality


Week eleven: Two approaches to the problem of mental content


Week twelve: The Intentional Strategy


Week thirteen: Varieties of Externalism


Week Fourteen: Presentations