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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PART TWO



CARTESIAN DUALISM (September 25th)
  • 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. 147-53.


    THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM (September 27th)

  • "The Zombie Possibility" (Class Handout)
  • "The Mutant Possibility" (Class Handout)
  • Richard Swinburne , "A Defense of Substance Dualism"
  • Frank Jackson , "The Qualia Probem"
  • David Papineau , "The Case for Materialism"
  • Peter Carruthers , "The Mind Is the Brain"
  • Daniel Dennett , "Intentional Systems"
  • Paul M. Churchland , "Behaviorism, Materialism, and Functionalism"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, pp. 263-296.


    MINDS AND MACHINES (October 3rd)

  • Alan Turning , "Computing Machinery and Intelligence,"
  • John Searle , "Minds, Brains, and Programs,"
  • William Lycan, "Robots and Minds,"
  • Colin Allen, "Star Witness."
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, pp. 296-340.

    Class will not meet on Tuesday, October 2nd.

    IS FREE WILL AN ILLUSION? (October 4th)

  • Paul Holbach (1723-1789), "The Illusion of Free Will,"
  • Ted Honderich (1933- ), "A Defense of Hard Determinism,"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy,
    12th edition, Feinberg and Shafer-Landau (eds.), Wadsworth, 2005 (hereafter "R+R"), pp. 392-407.

    First papers are due on Wednesday, October, the 4th, in class.

    CAN FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM BE RECONCILED
    OR ARE FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM INCOMPATIBLE? (October 5th)

  • A. J. Ayer (1910-1989), "Freedom and Necessity"
  • Walter Stace (1886-1967) , "The Problem of Free Will"
  • Roderick Chisholm (1916-1999) , "Human Freedom and the Self"
  • Robert Kane , "Free Will: Ancient Disputes, New Themes"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 408-438.

    FILM SCREENING OF MINORITY REPORT (October 5th)
    Steven Spielberg's film MINORITY REPORT, starring Tom Cruise ,
    will be shown in POLLACK on Thursday, October the 5th at 1:10 PM,
    more or less immediately following the meeting of Thursday's class.

    FREEDOM, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PUNISHMENT (October 9th)

  • Aristotle (384-322 BCE) , "The Preconditions of Virtue"
  • Thomas Nagel , "Moral Luck"
  • Susan Wolf, "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility"
  • Harry G. Frankfurt , "Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, in REASON REASON & RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 439-67

    PERSONAL IDENTITY, BRAIN REVITALIZATION
    AND SURVIVAL AFTER DEATH (October 11th)

  • John Perry , "A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 365-384.


    PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BRAIN TRANSPLANTATION (October 12th)

  • John Locke (1632-1704), "The Prince and the Cobbler,"
  • Thomas Reid (1710-1796), "Of Indentity and Locke's Account,"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 340-48.
  • "Theseus' Ship" (Class Handout)

    PERSONAL IDENTITY, DIVIDED SELVES AND THE BRANCH-LINE CASES (October 12th)

  • 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. 349-364.

    Paper topics for the second paper will be handed out at the end of class
    on Thursday, October 12th. Papers are due on Monday, October 23rd, in class.

    Paper topic will be posted ONLINE HERE .
    The paper topic from last summer (the summer of 2005) when the coures was taught at Harvard is currently online.



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