Class: PHL100 Problems of Philosophy
Classroom: Mahar 122
Class time: MWF 9:10 am - 10:05 am
Class final: TBA
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Office Hours: MF 1:45 -- 3:00 p.m. and by appointment
Question 3: Is the mind a kind of brain activity?
Homework due and a reading.
Homework! Hand in (1) your first draft of your paper,
(2) the sheet of advice you received, and (3) a new revised
version of your paper (revised both based on the advice you
received and also based on you having time to re-read your
Here's a linke to an APA style citation guide that may prove
Reading: Read the selection from the correspondence
between Princess of Bohemia and Descartes, May 1643 and
following. I have downloaded for you the letters I would like
you to read; they are available as a PDF if you click
We'll review a materialist argument, and also a contemporary
dualist argument: read the selection I will give you from
Frank Jackson's epiphenomenal qualia.
Midterm on epistemology, arguments for the existence of god, and
positions on mind. You will be permitted to bring your copy of
The Meditations, assuming you've not written class
notes in it! (If you have, I can lend you a clean copy -- but
you have to let me know.) The test will be short answers, with
possibly some multiple choice questions. Themes will include:
- What is foundationalism? What is coherentism?
- The traditional arguments meant to show from reason
alone that we can prove the existence of god. Challenges
to those arguments.
- What is interactive substance dualism? What is
an alternative view?
Question 4: What is a person?
Question 5: Are you free?
Question 6: Does the universe, or do at least you, have a purpose?