Philosophy of Mind
Professor: Paul Thagard
Office hours (HH368): Monday, 1-2; Friday, 12-1; and by appointment.
Email: pthagard@watarts. Phone: extension 3594.
Web page: http://cogsci.uwaterloo.ca/courses/phil255.html
Time: TR, 1-2:30, ML 354.
Textbooks: George Graham, Philosophy of Mind, second edition. Jonathan Shear, ed., Explaining Consciousness.
Assignments: Marks will be based on:
There will be extensive discussion as well as lectures. Students should do the assigned readings before the relevant class. Each student is asked to come to class with one question prepared.
Description: This course is concerned with fundamental questions
concerning the nature of mind, including life after death, the existence
of other minds, the relation of mind and brain, and the nature of consciousness.
|Week||Dates||Graham, chapter||Shear, pages|
|7||Feb. 15-17||REVIEW, EXAM|
|8||Feb. 29 - Mar. 2||1-44|
|12||Mar. 28-30||ESSAY DUE||337-378|
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
Various cognitive science resources
Week 1: Introduction; Death and identity
Week 2: Other minds; Animal beliefs
Week 3: Computer minds; The mind of God
Week 4: Rational action. Mind and brain.
Week 5: Mind and brain; Persons
Week 6, Consciousness
Week 7, Review
Week 8, The hard problem of consciousness
Week 9, Deflating the hard problem
Week 10, Consciousness and brain processes
Week 11, Panpsychism and emergence
Week 12, Damasio and ethical implications
Week 13, Finale and review
Review questions for exam 1
Review questions for exam 2
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