PHL471: Philosophy of Mind
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Office: CC212A
Email: craig.delancey@oswego.edu




Current Assignments
I do not accept homeworks by email!

27 April
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)
4 May
Discussion of this paper by Wegner.
8 May
Homework on free will is due.
15 May
Sorry about the timing! Final exam, in class, 10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.