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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PART TWO




CARTESIAN DUALISM (Sept. 23)

  • Rene Descartes (1596-1650) , "Meditations I and II" in Meditations on First Philosaophy in Perry and Bratman, INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (hereafter "ITP"), pp. 116-121
    Full Text of Descartes' Meditations (1640) (1640) Online.


    THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM (Sept. 26)

  • Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) , "The Argument from Analogy for Other Minds," in Perry and Bratman, INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, pp. 314-16
    A brief discussion of the "Argument from Analogy" may be found in the Internet Dictionary of Philosophy
  • Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976) , "Descartes' Myth" in ITP.
  • David Armstrong, "The Nature of Mind" in ITP
  • David Lewis, "Mad Pain and Martian Pain" in ITP.
    Obituary from the Guardian Unlimited
    "David Lewis and Australia" David Armstrong on Lewis's last visit. Other Notices
  • Daniel Dennett, "Intentional Systems" in ITP
    Also online if you click HERE
    And more recent Dennett publications may be found online by clickingHERE
  • Paul Churchland, "Eliminative Materialism"
    all in ITP pp. 316-353
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    MINDS, BODIES AND MACHINES Sept. 30) )

  • Hilary Putnam, "Turing Machines,"
  • Alan M. Turing(1912-1954), "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"
    Also Online "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (Brandeis access only)
    Mind, New Series, Vol. 59, No. 236. (Oct., 1950), pp. 433-460
  • John Searle, "Minds, Brains and Programs"
    Also Online "Minds, Brains, and Programs"
    by John R. Searle, from The Behavioral and Brain Sciences,
    vol. 3. Copyright 1980 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted by permission of Cambridge University Press.
    Interview with Searle by Julian Moore Online
    All articles in ITP, pp. 354-381.


    First papers are due on Tuesday, Sept. 30th, in class.


    CONSCIOUSNESS (October 3)

  • Thomas Nagel "What Is It Like To Be a Bat?" in ITP
    Also Online "What Is It Like To Be a Bat?" (Brandeis access only)
    The Philosophical Review, Vol. 83, No. 4. (Oct., 1974), pp. 435-450.
  • Frank Jackson, "What Mary Didn't Know?" in ITP
    Also Online "What Mary Didn't Know" (Brandeis access only)
    The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 83, No. 5. (May, 1986), pp. 291-295.
  • David Lewis "Knowing What It's Like" in ITP
    All articles in ITP, pp. 382-395.


    FREEDOM, DETERMINISM AND RESPONSIBILITY (October 10)

  • C. A. Campbell "Has the Self 'Free Will'?" in ITP
  • David Hume (1711-1776) , "Of Liberty and Necessity in ITP
    You may also wish to take a look online at Hume (1) and Hume (2) from "The Determinism and Freedom Philosophy Website," edited by Ted Honderich
    Hume (1): The Obviousness of the Truth of Determinism
    Hume (2): Our Freedom Reconciled with Determinism
  • Richard Taylor "Freedom and Determinism" in ITP
  • Harry Frankfurt "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of the Person" in ITP
    Also Online "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of the Person" (Brandeis access only)
    The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 68, No. 1. (Jan. 14, 1971), pp. 5-20.
  • Peter Strawson "Freedom and Resentment" in ITP
    Also available Online "Freedom and Resentment" on Ted Honderich's Freedom and Determinism Web Site
    All articles in ITP, pp. 417-473.


    PERSONAL IDENTITY (October 14)

  • John Perry, "A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality," in ITP pp. 396-416


    BRAIN TRANSPLANTS AND TELETRANSPORTERS (October 17)

  • "Who Killed Jack?" (Class Handout)
  • "Who Is Julia?" (Class Handout)
  • "Where Am I?" (Class Handout)




    Paper topics for the second paper will be handed out on Friday, October 17th Papers are due on Tuesday, October 28th, in class.



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