AP/PHIL2240 3.0 A: Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
An introduction to metaphysical theories about the relationship between the mind and the body. We examine Descartes' mind-body dualism as well as 20th century theories including: behaviourism, the identity theory, machine and causal functionalism, instrumentalism, eliminativism, and emergentism.
Instructor: Jill Cumby
Office: S446 Ross
Office Hours: Tue. And Thur. 12:00 – 1:00
An introduction to metaphysical theories about the relationship between the mind and the body. We examine Descartes' mind-body dualism as well as 20th century theories including: behaviourism, identity theory, machine and causal functionalism, instrumentalism, eliminativism, and emergentism.
Main questions to be addressed in this class include: Are the mind and body sepearte substances? If so, how do they interact? Can we avoid the problem of mind – body interaction? Can we focus on behavior instead? Is the mind identical to the brain? Can we better understand the mind by analogy with a computer? Is the mind a construct? Can we eliminate talk of minds? What in the world is consciousness anyway?
- Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition, Routledge
- Author: John Heil
- Additional papers posted to moodle
|In Class Writing Assignment||May 14||25%|
|In Class Writing Assignment||May 30||30%|
|Question Submission (see notes below)||To be submitted to me on two dates of your choosing||5%|
|Final Paper||Due during exam period||40%|
|April 30||Introduction||Heil, Ch. 1|
|May 2||Cartesian Dualism and the Mind- Body Problem||Heil, Ch. 2|
|May 7||Parralelism, Occasioanlism, Idealism and Epiphenomenalism||Heil, Ch. 3|
|May 9||Behaviorism: Philosophcial and Psychological, and Category Mistakes||Heil, Ch. 4
*Gilbert Ryle, “Descartes Myth”
|May 14||In Class Writing Assignment|
|May 16||Identitiy Theory||Heil, Ch. 5|
|May 21||Functionalism||Heil, Ch. 6|
|May 23||The Representational Theory of Mind||Heil, Ch. 7
*John Searle, “Minds, Brains, and Programs”
|May 28||The Intentional Stance||Heil, Ch. 8|
|May 30||In Class Writing Assignment|
|June 4||Eliminativism||Heil, Ch. 9
* Lynne Rudder Baker, “Cognitive Suicide”
|June 6||Consciousness||Heil, Ch. 10|
Papers with * will be available on moodle
After completing this course students should have a firm grasp of selected themes in the philosophy of mind. Students should also have improved skills in: asking relevant questions, concise writing, and reading comprehension.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities