PHIL 482 - Philosophy of Mind
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 345, 381, or 383.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Distinguish the questions:

  1. Is a scientific explanation of consciousness possible?
  2. In what broad direction does a correct account lie?
  3. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Most philosophical writing on consciousness over the last 25 years has patiently addressed (1) and (2), and if anything answered “of course not” to (3), with only occasional attempts to answer (3) with “yes, here we are”. By contrast in this seminar we’ll assess the handful of less patient theories of conscious experience that have some claim to being nearly complete. These include theories centered around cognitive influence (e.g., Dennett), higher-order thoughts (e.g., Carruthers), inner perceptions (e.g., Lycan), reflexive representations (e.g., Kriegel), first-order perceptions (e.g., Tye), perceptual-conceptual hybrids (e.g., Prinz), neural loops (e.g., Block), integrated representation (e.g., Tononi), and panpsychism (e.g., Chalmers). Such theories have implications for the broader choice-points at question (2)—reductionism, physicalism, representationalism, internalism, and so on. They also need to incorporate or at least assume responses to the doubts on question (1)—the explanatory gap, zombies, Mary, inverted qualia, eliminativism, mysterianism, and so on. We will follow out these threads, but focus on the comparative (de)merits of whole proto-scientific packages.

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PHIL 482 - Philosophy of Mind
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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