PHILOSOPHY 6F                                                                                              W. Lycan
Fall, 2005


Texts S. Blackmore, Consciousness: An Introduction (Oxford University Press).

P.M. Churchland, Matter and Consciousness (MIT / Bradford Books).

The Companion (to be distributed week by week).

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Course policies
Please see the document of that title posted on Blackboard, under “Course Information,” or click here.

Written work

Four short papers (@ 1000 words) during the semester, due on September 21, October 12, November 9, and December 7.

There will be some exercises along the way, required but ungraded.

I am required to give a final examination, but its weight will be up to you individually.


August 31:  Introduction to the mind/body problem.   Reading: B, pp. 1-9.

September 5, 7:  Cartesian Dualism.  (And Rylean Behaviorism.)   Reading: B, 9 21; C, pp. 7- 25, 51-55; Companion, I.

September 12, 14:  The Identity Theory; Functionalism.   Reading: B, Ch. Two; C, pp. 26-42; Companion, II (and so on for the Companion).

September 19, 21:  Consciousness and timing.   Reading: B, Chs. Three and Four.   Paper #1 due.

September 26, 28:  The “Cartesian Theater.”   **Reading: B, Ch. Five; C, pp. 73 80; B, Ch. Six.

October 3, 5:  The self.   Reading: B, Chs. Seven and Eight.

October 10, 12:  Agency and free will.   Reading: B, Ch. Nine.   Paper #2 due.

October 17:  Animal minds.   Reading: B, Ch. Twelve.

October 24, 26:  Machine consciousness.   **Reading: B, Ch. Thirteen; C, Ch. 6, and pp. 156-65; B, Ch. Fourteen.

October 31, November 2:  Hardware.   **Reading: B, Ch. Fifteen; C, pp. 123-54; B, Ch. Sixteen.

November 7, 9:  Unity and damage.   Reading: B, Chs. Seventeen and Eighteen.   Paper #3 due.

November 14, 16:  “Borderlands.”   Reading: B, Chs. Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty-One.

November 21:  Altered states.   Reading: B, Chs. Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three.

November 28, 30:  Weird experiences.   First-person vs. third- again.  Reading: B, Chs. Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five.

December 5, 7:  Meditation and no-self.   ReadingB, Chs. Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seven.   Paper #4 due.

Final exam, Friday, December 16, 4:00 p.m.

Honor code
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