PHIL 345 - Language and Mind
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Philosophy 345 aims to provide students with a broad overview of some of the main problems in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. In philosophy of language we will focus on the theory of reference and its relation to questions about belief and modality. In philosophy of mind we discuss physicalism, dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalist accounts of the mind, the question of machine intelligence, and the problem of explaining conscious experience. A second, but equally important, goal of the course is to help students develop their skills at careful reading, critical reasoning, and argumentative writing.

Course Requirements:

Two 6-8 page argumentative papers, a midterm, and a cumulative final exam

Intended Audience:

The course should be interesting and accessible to students from philosophy, psychology, computer science, PPE, and cognitive science.

Class Format:


PHIL 345 - Language and Mind
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9780631128014
Naming and necessity, Author: Kripke, Saul, (1940- ), Publisher: Blackwell 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0429494858
Philosophy of Mind, Author: Kim, Jaegwon,
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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