Mind, Body, and World|
Spring 2022 not offered
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: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
John McDowell, Mind and World
Alva Noe, Action in Perception
John Haugeland, Having Thought
Rebecca Kukla and Mark Lance, Yo! and Lo!
and articles by W.v.O. Quine, Donald Davidson, Richard Rorty, Robert Brandom, Hubert Dreyfus, and/or Samuel Todes on E-Res.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Expository essay on McDowell (and Davidson)
Short seminar presentations
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students should have taken at least one of PHIL 286, 265, 233, 287, 252, 258, 293, or 202, and preferably additional courses in philosophy. SiSP students should not take this course without prior background in philosophy (philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, or related courses) and interest in the question of how to accommodate mind within nature as scientifically understood.
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