MONDAYS

THURSDAYS

JAN 30

Syllabus

FEB 2

André Kukla and Joel Walmsley, Mind: A Historical & Philosophical Introduction to the Major Theories, ch.1 (Big PDF, Compressed PDF, High Contrast PDF)

(Optional Primary Source:) Descartes: Meditations 1+2

FEB 6

Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, chs.1,2,3,5

FEB 9

Class Canceled (Snow Day)

FEB 15

Kukla and Walmsley, Mind, ch.2

(Note that this is a Wednesday that follows a Monday schedule.)

FEB 16

Kukla and Walmsley, Mind, chs.3–4

FEB 20

No Class (President's Day)

FEB 23

Kukla and Walmsley, Mind, §§5.1–5.4

Rudolf Carnap, 'Psychology in Physical Language'

FEB 27

Hilary Putnam, 'Brains and Behavior'

Noam Chomsky, 'Review of Verbal Behavior by B. F. Skinner'

MAR 2

Kukla and Walmsley, Mind, §§5.5–6.2

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §1.1

MAR 6

Kukla and Walmsley, Mind, §§6.3–6.5

Hilary Putnam - The Nature of Mental States

MAR 9

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §1.2–1.5

Alan Turing - Computing Machinery and Intelligence

MAR 13

FIRST EXAM

MAR 16

Kukla and Walmsley: Mind, §7.1‐7.2

Daniel Dennett: True Believers

MAR 20

Kukla and Walmsley: Mind, §7.3‐7.4

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §§6.1–6.2 (pp.141–159)

MAR 23

Jerry Fodor: Special Sciences

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §2.3 (pp.46–55)

Slides on Dennett, Fodor, levels of explanation

MAR 27

Kukla and Walmsley: Mind, §7.5

Janet Fodor: Comprehending Sentence Structure

Slides on Generative Grammar

MAR 30

Lila Gleitman and Elissa Newport: The Invention of Language by Children

APR 3

Kukla and Walmsley: Mind, §7.6

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §§10.1–10.2 (pp.279–294)

(Here is the primary source, which is too long for us to read, but a classic and a real pleasure if you have the time:) Jerry Fodor: The Modularity of Mind

APR 6

José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §10.3 (pp.294–304)

Jesse Prinz: Is the Mind Really Modular?

Slides on Modularity

APR 10

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APR 13

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APR 17

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APR 20

Class Cancelled (sick prof)

APR 24

Leda Cosmides and John Tooby: Origins of Domain Specificity

We will also talk more about José Luis Bermúdez, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, §10.3 (pp.294–304)

APR 27

Kukla and Walmsley, §§7.7–7.9

And read at least one of these two recent popular pieces on AI:

Siddhartha Mukherjee: A.I. versus M.D.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus: The Great A.I. Awakening

MAY 1

Kukla and Walmsley, §8.1

Bermudez, ch.8

MAY 4

Kukla and Walmsley, §8.2

Bermudez, §§9.1–9.2

Connectionism Slides

MAY 8

Jonathan Haidt: The Emotional Dog and its Rational Tail

Slides on Haidt, etc.

MAY 11

Tamar Szabo Gendler: Alief in Action

MAY 15

SECOND EXAM

MAY 18

No Class