PHL471: Philosophy of Mind
Professor: Craig DeLancey
I do not accept homeworks by email!
Ontology and the basic ontological positions. (Ontology Boot Camp)
From Aristotle's De Anima, please look at Book II part
1 (this is very short); an online version is this one at
Reading and an assignment.
Review Descartes's Meditations 6. If you somehow lost
your personal copy of Meditations, translations on the
web can be found at
Homework 1. Bring me to hand in your summary of what
you think Descartes's arguments are for believing that the
mind is not a material thing. He has several arguments to
this effect in Meditation 6, and they largely occur in the
last third of that Meditation; try to summarize or describe at
least one of them. You can do this in one page or a tiny bit
more -- typed please. Please write in complete sentences;
think of this as a very short paper.
In class, we want to ask: what changed between Aristotle and
Reading. Please read parts I and II of Churchland's
"Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes"
Paul M. Churchland, The Journal of Philosophy
Vol. 78, No. 2 (Feb., 1981), pp. 67-90.
The stable JStor link is here.
There are logical formulas in the paper. They may be
written in a way you've never seen, but that's OK. You can
skip them and still understand these two sections.
Do read the rest of the paper when you have time.
While reading, ask yourself:
I might give you a brief opportunity at the beginning of class
to write answers to these questions.
- What is a propositional attitude?
- What are propositional attitudes supposed to explain?
- What is folk psychology, according to Churchland?
- What are some of the problems with folk psychology,
according to Churchland?
- What does the failure of folk psychology tell us
about the things posited in that theory?
Tentative assignments (these will change substantially)