|UCSD philosophy courses|
Instructor: Jonathan Cohen
(joncohenREMOVETHIS@aardvark.ucsd.edu (omit text in caps, which reduces automated spam))
office: (858) 534 6812
Office hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12 in H&SS 7066 (and by appointment; please feel free to call)
This graduate proseminar in philosophy of mind is meant to serve two principal functions. First, it will serve as an introduction to graduate school in philosophy -- i.e., it is designed to help first year students develop the argumentative, reading, writing, and discussion skills necessary to have a successful graduate career. Second, it will serve as an introduction to several topics in contemporary philosophy of mind.
Enrollment (and, for that matter, attendance) is limited to first year graduate students. Sorry, no auditors. This course will count for purposes of fulfilling the departmental requirements as a core seminar in philosophy of mind.
Presentation: All students will be required to lead discussion several times (probably around four times each). The goal of each presentation should be to lay out the main thesis defended in the chapter and the arguments offered in support of that thesis as clearly as possible. A secondary goal -- still a goal, but definitely secondary -- of the presentation should be to develop some critical response to the argument. I expect each presentation to come take around 30-40 minutes, although of course this will be highly variable. You must discuss your presentation with me sometime before the session in which you present to make sure you're on the right track. Presentations may be given from notes (1 page maximum) or powerpoint slides; they may not be read aloud from a pre-written paper.
Weekly Responses: In weeks in which you are not a presenter you will be required to pass in a short (maximum 5 page) discussion of the main argument of one of the week's two chapters. Again, the emphasis here should be on clear and accurate presentation first and criticism second; it's not that criticism is unwelcome, but that it is a secondary goal. You'll be passing in several of these responses, and the goal here is to improve over the quarter the clarity of your presentation of arguments.
Discussion Participation: Obviously, a class like this one will simply fail to function if people stand back from the discussion. So please come to seminar with the expectation of participating fully!
|2 October||Organizational Meeting||no reading||Jonathan|
|9 October||Psychological Content: Wide or Narrow?||Segal, Sawyer||Joyce and Sarah|
|16 October||Content Externalism and Privileged Access||Brueckner, McKinsey||Cole and Vidit|
|24 October||Intentionality and Normativity||Rey, Wedgwood||Joyce and Sarah|
|13 November||Non-Conceptual Content||Fodor, Heck||Cole and Vidit|
|20 November||Non-reductive Materialism||Antony, Churchland||Joyce and Sarah|
|27 November||Mental Causation||Kim, Loewer||Cole and Vidit|
|4 December||Phenomenal Character and Intentional Content||Shoemaker, Tye||Cole and Vidit|
|11 December||Mental Awareness||Peacocke, Prinz||Joyce and Sarah|