email: joncohenREMOVETHIS@aardvark.ucsd.edu (omit text in caps, which reduces automated spam)
phone: (858) 534 6812
Office hours: Wednesdays 10-11:30 and by appointment, in H&SS 8072
I hope that, by presenting some of the major questions and considering some of the proposed programs in the field, I can introduce you to the issues and whet your philosophical appetites.
Note that the third paper will count as your final exam: it will be due at 2:30pm on Monday 7 December (the officially assigned day and time of exam week), so that you'll have plenty of time after the end of official course instruction to complete it.
There will be no midterm for the course.
You are responsible for knowing and adhering to the UCSD Policy on Integrity in all respects. In particular, you may not cause or allow your work for this course to resemble that of any other person, and all use of the ideas or words of anyone other than a paper's author must be acknowledged properly. I don't care a huge amount about specific citation formats; I do care a huge amount that sources are acknowledged. As far as collaboration goes, it's fine (it's encouraged) to talk about the philosophical issues with other students or anyone else you like; but when it is time to write up an essay you should do so entirely by yourself. If you have any questions about the Policy on Integrity or how to follow it (e.g., if you are unsure how to cite ideas from other sources) please ask me! I am very happy to help prevent real or apparent violations of academic integrity before they occur, and very unhappy to discover that they have occured. (As you may have noticed, I feel very strongly about this issue.)To ensure standards of academic integrity are met, I'll ask you, as a condition on taking this course, to run all of your assigned work for the course through turnitin.com, which checks your paper for textual similarity to all of the other papers in its databases. (Your submitted papers will also be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.) To get started with the system, please see the instructions at http://turnitin.com/resources/documentation/turnitin/training/en_us/Student_Manual_en_us.pdf. You'll need the class name (Philosophy of Mind, Fall 2015), class ID (10486780) and the password (cognition).
Descartes, Second Meditation
Chomsky, "Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior"
Place, "Is Consciousness a Brain Process?"
Smart, "Sensations and Brain Processes"
Kripke, "Naming and Necessity (Excerpt)"
Armstrong, "The Causal Theory of the Mind"
Putnam, "The Nature of Mental States"
Block, "Troubles with Functionalism (Excerpt)"
Dennett, "True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works"
Churchland, "Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes"
Block, "Advertisement for a Semantics for Psychology"
Dretske, "If You Can't Make One, You Don't Know How It Works"
Fodor, "A Theory of Content, I: The Problem"
Fodor, "A Theory of Content, II: The Theory"
Nagel, "What is it Like to Be a Bat?"
Jackson, "Epiphenomenal Qualia"
Lewis, "What Experience Teaches"
Dennett, "Quining Qualia"
Harman, "The Intrinsic Quality of Experience"
Block, "Inverted Earth"
Loar, "Phenomenal States (Second Version)"