Phil 317: Philosophy of Mind

Fall 2001                                                                                                        

 

Class meeting time: T R  2:00pm-3:15pm                          Instructor: JeeLoo Liu

Class location: Welles 132                                                    Office hours: M W 10am– 12pm

E-mail: Liu@geneseo.edu                                                                            or by appointment

Telephone: 245-5231 (O)                                                      Office: Welles 103

 

Texts:   1. Jaegwon Kim, Philosophy of Mind [Westview Press]

             2. David Rosenthal (ed.), The Nature of Mind [Oxford University Press]

             3. Heil & Mele (eds.), Mental Causation [Oxford University Press]

 

Handouts

 

These handouts are prepared for students in my class only.  No citation is permitted.  Feedback welcome.

 

 

What Is the Philosophy of Mind? (Read Kim, Chap. 1)

 

Behaviorism   (Read Kim, Chap. 2)

 

Hilary Putnam: Brains and Behavior                                

 

The Mind-Brain Identity Theory (Read Kim, Chap. 3)  

                                                                                         

J. J. C. Smart: Sensations and Brain Processes               

                                                                                               

Donald Davidson: Mental Events                                      

                                                                                                 

Mind As A Computer: Functionalism (Read Kim, Chap. 4)

                                                                                               

Hilary Putnam: The Nature of Mental States                   

 

Ned Block: Troubles with Functionalism                          

 

Mind As A Causal Structure: Causal-Theoretical Functionalism (Read Kim, Chap. 5)         

                                                                                               

Reductive and Nonreductive Physicalism (Read Kim, Chap. 9)

                                                                                               

Frank Jackson: What Mary Didn't Know                        

 

Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat?                    

 

Sidney Shoemaker: Functionalism and Qualia

                                                                       

Mental Causation (Read Kim, Chap. 6)

                                                                       

Jaegwon Kim: Epiphenomenal and Supervenient Causation    

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Donald Davidson: Thinking Causes         

                                                                                               

Jaegwon Kim: Can Supervenience and 'Non-Strict Laws' Save Anomalous Monism?                       

                                                                                               

Tyler Burge: Mind-Body Causation and Explanatory Practice

                                                                                               

Fred Dretske: Mental Events as Structuring Causes of Behavior

 

Jennifer Hornsby: Agency and Causal Explanation       

 

Robert Van Gulick: Who's In Charge Here?