Mind, Body, and World|
This seminar in the metaphysics of mind and meaning begins with the philosophical and scientific background to cognitivist conceptions of mind and artificial intelligence. Both classic and recent criticisms of cognitivism and early AI emphasize the role of bodily movement and skill, language, social normativity, and engagement with and within the world as integral to conceptualization and understanding. These themes will then be explored constructively in some recent reconceptions of cognition as embodied and social-pragmatic, and of language and other conceptual repertoires as integral to bodily involvement in the world and with one another.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Cantwell Smith, The Promise of Artificial Intelligence, and selections from Haugeland, Having Thought, Noe, Action in Perception, Kukla and Lance, Yo! and Lo!, and various philosophical papers on normativity, mind, perception, and embodied cognition.
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Assignments include one mid-length midterm paper and a longer final paper, along with oral presentations to the seminar and active engagement in discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but students are presumed to be prepared to read and engage with challenging philosophical material, including presenting and responding to issues raised in the readings or in class.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK410; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: 0||FR: X|
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