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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PART TWO



MND MATTERS (September 22nd)
  • "The Zombie Possibility" (Class Handout)
  • "The Mutant Possibility" (Class Handout)


    THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM (September 24th)

  • Brie Gertler, "A Defense of Mind-Body Dualism"
  • Frank Jackson , "The Qualia Probem"
  • David Papineau , "The Case for Materialism"
  • Peter Carruthers , "The Mind Is the Brain"
  • Paul M. Churchland , "Behaviorism, Materialism, and Functionalism"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy
    pp. 285-321.

    First papers are due on Thursday, September, the 25th, in the Philosophy Department Main Office, Rabb 303, by no later than 3 PM.


    CLASS WILL NOT MEET (September 29-October 1)


    MINDS AND MACHINES (October 6th)

  • Alan Turning , "Computing Machinery and Intelligence,"
  • John Searle , "Minds, Brains, and Programs,"
  • William Lycan, "Robots and Minds,"
  • Peter Carruthers , "Brute Experience"
  • John Searle , "Animal Minds,"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy
    pp. 321-365.


    THE CARTESIAN THEATER: The Ghost in the Machine (October 6th)

  • Rene Descartes (1596-1650) , "What Can Be Called Into Doubt"
    and "The Nature of the Human Mind . . . " Meditations on First Philosophy
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy
    pp. 164-96.


    IS FREE WILL AN ILLUSION? (October 8th)

  • Paul Holbach (1723-1789), "The Illusion of Free Will,"
  • Derek Pereboom , "Why We Have No Free Will and Can Live Without It"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy
    pp. 458-477.


    CAN FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM BE RECONCILED? (October 8th)

  • A. J. Ayer (1910-1989), "Freedom and Necessity"
  • Walter Stace (1886-1967) , "The Problem of Free Will"
  • John Fisher , "My Compatabilism,"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy
    pp. 414-437.


    THE CASE FOR FREE WILL (October 8th)

  • Roderick Chisholm (1916-1999) , "Human Freedom and the Self"
  • Robert Kane , "Free Will: Ancient Disputes, New Themes"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY
    pp. 438-458.


    FREEDOM, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PUNISHMENT (October 13th)

  • James Rachels , "The Debate Over Free Will"
  • Harry G. Frankfurt , "Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility"
  • Thomas Nagel , "Moral Luck"
  • Susan Wolf, "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, in REASON REASON & RESPONSIBILITY
    pp. 478-511


    PERSONAL IDENTITY, BRAIN TRANSPLANTS
    AND TELETRANSPORTATION (Oct. 15)

  • John Locke (1632-1704), "The Prince and the Cobbler,"
  • Thomas Reid (1710-1796), "Of Identity and Locke's Account,"
  • David Hume (1711-1776) , "The Self"
  • Derek Parfit , "Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons"
  • Daniel Dennett , "Where Am I?"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 340-48.


    PERSONAL IDENTITY AND SURVIVAL AFTER DEATH (October 15th)

  • John Perry , "A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 387-414.



    Paper topics for the second paper will be handed out at the end of class
    on Wednesday, October 15th. Papers are due on Monday, October 27th, in class.

    Paper topic will be posted PAPER TOPIC ONLINE .



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