Philosophy 447 / Psychology 447 / Phil 673
Seminar in Cognitive Science: Mind and Society
Professor: Paul Thagard
Office hours (HH368): TTh 11:30-12:30 and by appointment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: extension 33594.
Web page: http://cogsci.uwaterloo.ca/courses/phil447.2010.html.
Time: TTh, 10:00-11:20, HH334. To improve learning, please turn off all electronic devices such as phones, computers, and transcranial magnetic stimulators. See blog for reasons.
Readings: Available electronically through a Web page announced in class.
Assignments: Marks will be based on:
Description: This course is an interdisciplinary seminar, combining ideas from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. Its focus this year will be on the relevance of cognition and emotion to social explanations in economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, and literature. The aim is to develop an integrated cognitive social science that not only contributes descriptively to explaining social phenomena but also suggests normatively how the world might be improved.
Readings (tentative - more readings and electronic links to come):
|1||Sept. 14-16||Introduction||Thagard SEP||Thagard 2005|
|2||Sept. 21-23||The self||Thagard & Wood||Read et al. 2010|
|Satz & Ferejohn|
|4||Oct. 7||Economics||Loewenstein 2008||Thagard: Crises|
Goldgeier & Tetlock
Findlay & Thagard
Bender et al. 2010
Henrick et al. 2010
Thagard: Mapping minds
|7||Oct. 26-28||Sociology||DiMaggio 1997||Zerubavel|
|8||Nov. 2-4||History||Bevir 2001||Philosophy of history|
|9||Nov. 9-11||Literature||Mar & Oatley||Thagard: Allegory|
|10||Nov. 16-18||Social Change||
Jost et al. 2003
|11||Nov. 23-25||Student reports|
|12||Nov. 30-Dec. 2||Student reports|
Note: no class Oct. 5.
Instructions for writing commentaries:
For each class in weeks 2-10, hand in at the BEGINNING of the class a short commentary, maximum 100 words, on the claim, hypothesis, or issue that you found most interesting in the reading. Optional readings will be available later. Your commentary should identify the claim that interests you and the strongest evidence for and against it. The purpose of these commentaries is to ensure that everyone comes to class prepared for discussion. If there are two readings, do one for each day. If there is only one, cover half of it.
Cognitive Science resources.
From the Faculty of Arts:
All students registered in the courses of the Faculty of Arts are expected to know what constitutes an academic offense, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for their academic actions. When the commission of an offense is established, disciplinary penalties will be imposed in accord with Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline). For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students are directed to consult the summary of Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline) which is supplied in the Undergraduate Calendar (p.1:11). If you need help in learning how to avoid offenses such as plagiarism, cheating, and double submission, or if you need clarification of aspects of the discipline policy, ask your course instructor for guidance. Other resources regarding the discipline policy are your academic advisor and the Undergraduate Associate Dean.
Faculty of Arts information on plagiarism and other offences.
This class is a core course for the Cognitive Science Option.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The Self
Weeks 3-4: Rational choice, postmodernism, neuroeconomics
Week 5: Politics
Week 6: Anthropology
Week 7: Sociology
Week 8: History
Week 9: Literature
Week 10: Social change (see the private course Web page for student presentation schedule)
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 15, 2010