Phil 158a. Proseminar in Mind, Brain and Behavior. Fall 2003. M 1-3.
Professor Susanna Siegel. Office: Emerson 317. firstname.lastname@example.org
An examination of questions at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, with special attention to conscious experience in perception. Many of the questions we will consider arise from the framework of propositional attitudes often used to categorize mental phenomena. This framework is a structure of attitude and content. A content is something that can be true or false, such as the winner of the lottery will share the wealth. One can take different attitudes toward this content, such as belief and hope. To what extent does this framework help us understand perceptual experience? What are the attitudes that pertain to perception, and what are the contents? We will also discuss recent debates concerning how the scientific study of consciousness should proceed.
Two 4-5 page papers (double-spaced), and either a 10 page term paper (double-spaced) or a take-home exam of about the same length.
Background: J. Fodor, The Modularity of Mind, MIT Press, 1983.
Sept. 15 Introduction
Sept. 22 A.D. Smith, The Problem of Perception, chapter 5. (HUP, 2002)
Sept. 29 K. O’Regan and A. Noe, “On the Brain-basis of Visual Consciousness: A Sensory-Motor Approach”, in Vision and Mind, ed. A. Noe and E. Thompson, MIT Press, 2002.
First short paper due in class
Oct. 6 D. Armstrong, A Materialist Theory of Mind, chapters 11 and 12. RKP, 1968.
Oct. 20 John Campbell, “Schizophrenia, the Space of Reasons, and Thinking as a Motor Process,” The Monist, vol. 82, no. 4, 1999.
Oct. 27 Shaun Gallagher, “A Cognitive Model of Immunity to Error Through Misidentification”, in Exploring the Self, ed. D. Zahavi, J Benjamins, 2000
Recommended: James Pryor, “Immunity to Error through Misidentification”, Philosophical Topics 26, 1998, also at http://www.princeton.edu/~jimpryor/papers/.
Nov. 3 Brendan Maher, “Anomalous Experience and Everyday Life: Implications for Psycho-pathology”, The Monist vol. 82, 1999.
Nov.10 Martin Davies, Max Coltheart et al., “Monothematic Delusions: Towards a
Two-Factor Account”, in Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry vol. 8, 2002.
Nov. 17 John Campbell, “Rationality, Meaning, and the Analysis of Delusion”, Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry vol. 8, 2002.
Optional: Andrew Young, “Delusions”, The Monist vol. 82, 1999.
Nov. 24 Gregory Currie and Ian Ravenscroft, ch. 8 of Recreative Minds
Gregory Currie and Jon Jureidini, “Delusion, Rationality, Empathy: Commentary on Davies et al.”, Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry vol. 8, 2002
4. The study of consciousness: What is the relation between phenomenality and
access? How does the relation between phenomenality and access impact on the scientific study of consciousness? Is there a ‘hard’ problem of consciousness? If so, how might the study of consciousness proceed?
Dec. 1 Ned Block, “Two Concepts of Consciousness”, Chalmers, ed. Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings, OUP 2002.
Dec. 8 David Chalmers, “Facing up to the Problem of Consciousness”, in Explaining Consciousness, ed. J. Shear, MIT Press, 1998, and at http://www.u.arizona.edu/~chalmers/papers.html
Dec. 17 Daniel Dennett, “Who’s on First? Heterophenomenology Explained” or “The Fantasy of First-Person Science”, both at http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/pubpage.htm