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Philosophy of Mind

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1

Dualism

Ch.1, pp. 5 - 19

Descartes Meditation 6;
Descartes to Elisabeth 21/5/1643, French, English,
Elisabeth to Descartes 20/6/1643,
French, English,
Descartes to Elisabeth 28/6/1643, French, English

2

Materialism Refined Ch.1, pp. 19 - 35 D. Stoljar (2001) Physicalism, SEP

3

Behaviourism and Identity 

Ch.2, pp. 37 - 46

Ch.6, pp. 95 - 104

G. Ryle (1949) The Concept of Mind, ch. 1.

U. T. Place (1956) ‘Is Consciousness a Brain Process’

4

Analytic Functionalism

Ch.3, pp. 48 - 64

 J. Levin (2004) Functionalism (SEP)  §§ 3.1 - 4.2

Lewis ‘Mad Pain and Martian Pain’ 

5

Reference and Functionalism

Ch.4, pp. 67 - 83

Ch.5, pp. 84 - 91

M. Reimer (2003) 'Reference' (SEP) §2 

6

Problems with Functionalism Ch.7, pp. 107 - 128

Searle ‘Minds, Brains, and Programs’;

7

Qualia Problems and Functionalism

Ch.8, pp. 129 - 153

Nagel ‘What is it Like to Be a Bat?’;  

Jackson ‘What Mary Didn’t Know’;

                'Epiphenomenal Qualia'.

8

Instrumentalism and Interpretationism

Ch. 9, pp. 154-167

Dennett ‘Intentional Systems Theory’

9

The Language of Thought

Ch. 10, pp. 171-184

Aydede 'The Language of Thought Hypothesis'
Fodor 'Why There Still has to be a Language of Thought' 

10

The Problem of Content Ch. 11, pp. 185-217

Neander (2004) 'Teleological Theories of Mental Content'

Millikan (1989) 'Biosemantics'

11

Broad and Narrow Content Ch. 13, pp. 237-260 Putnam 'The Meaning of 'Meaning''

12

Eliminativism

Ch. 14, pp. 265-279

Stich & Nichols ‘Folk Psychology’;

Churchland ‘Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes’