Philosophy 496, Psychology 475
Professor: Craig DeLancey

Current Assignments
1. Descartes

29 August
One assignment!

A reading and some questions. Read Descartes's Meditations 6. (If you've not read the Meditations, try to take the time to read them all, in order.) The edition we put in the bookstore is good and cheap, but otherwise translations on the web can be found at and and

There is one question for you to answer on Angel. You can find Angel here. Click on the PHL496 link, and then on the Learning Modules tab.

In class, we'll discuss Descartes's dualism, and then if we have time, I'll tell you about the period just before the one we'll be focussing on (I'll tell you about the early 1800s, while we'll focus on James through today).
2. James

3 September
Homework and a reading.

Here's the reading:

Read at least the first half of William James's paper (available on JSTOR), up to an including page 194, "What is an Emotion?" (Mind, Vol. 9, No. 34 -- April 1884 -- pages 188-205). . Please read it closely. It's really very straightfoward, I'm pleased to say. The homework is a few brief questions on Angel.

A Note:

The science journal Nature has a weekly podcast. A few years ago, along with their usual episode, they had a special issue with an interview with a biographer of William James. It's only a few minutes long, and worth a listen for a different view on his biography. I have some doubts about the biographer's assessment of William James's scientific value as a psychologist, but there were things here I didn't know at all about his life that were interesting.

It is here at and also available via iTunes if you search for Nature Podcast and then find the special episode on William James.

September 5
Finish William's James paper "What is an Emotion?" if you have not already done so. Reminder: the link for logging into J*Stor from off campus is here. You log in using your campus ID and password.