PHL471: Philosophy of Mind
Professor: Craig DeLancey
I do not accept homeworks by email!
Homework on externalism is due. Can any kind of mental event or
state extend beyond the skull? If so, which mental state or event?
Defend your view, perhaps using the parity principle. Consider an
objection from Adams and Aizawa. If you deny that externalism is
possible, address several of the Clark and Chalmers arguments.
Read "Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the
human brain," Chun Siong Soon; Brass,Marcel; Heinze,
Hans-Jochen; Haynes, John-Dylan. Nature Neuroscience,
May2008, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p543-545. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2112
This is available to us through the Academic Search Complete
service on the Penfield web site, but I've not figured out
how to link to it yet. So, go here,
click on the "Academic Search Complete" link, and search
for the title above. Or, here.
Answer the question on Angel, which is: when Soon et al
conclude, "This suggests that when the subject's decision
reached awareness it had been influenced by unconscious
brain activity for up to 10 s" (545). How might this
challenge one view of free will?
Tentative assignments (these might change substantially)
Discussion of this paper by
Homework on free will is due.
Sorry about the timing! Final exam, in class, 10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.