Philosophy 496, Psychology 475
Professor: Craig DeLancey
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
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).
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.
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
It is here
and also available via iTunes if you search for Nature
Podcast and then find the special episode on William James.
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.