Philosophy 496, Psychology 475
There are three questions for you to answer on Blackboard.
- Send me an email describing (1) your immediate plans
after college. Do you intend to seek a job, go to graduate
school, travel the world? (2) What would you like to ultimately
do in the long term? What career are you aspiring to? My email
(If you answer to either or both is, "I don't know," that's fine.
I want to know where philosophy or philosophy-psychology might
fit into your plans, or how it might help you make plans.)
- A reading and some questions. Read
Descartes's Meditations 1, 2, and 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
Answer the questions about Meditation 6 that are on Blackboard.
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.
If you are off campus you can access JStor at:
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.
We will continue our discussion of James.
Philosophy club meets at 4:30pm in MCC 211.
The meeting will be a showing of the 2017 movie Annihilation.
Read the handout, which is a
passage from The Interpretation of Dreams. Homework: due
at the end of next week, try to record a dream that you've had.
Keep pen and paper by your bed and attempt first thing in the
morning to write down your dream. When you have captured a
dream, log into Blackboard and record it there. We might look
at some of these dreams later (we will make them anonymous, fear
We'll begin class with a discussion of the papers. Please think about
what you would like to write your term paper on.
Read chapters 1 and 2 of Culture and Its Discontents.
Answer the questions on Blackboard.