As announced in class, exam #3 will be held in our scheduled final exam period on Thursday 12/14 at 3:30pm (in the usual classroom).

The review sheet is now up on the exams page.

Paper #3 topics

Topics for paper #3 are now posted on the Paper Topics page. This paper is due Tuesday, December 19th at 9pm.

ToW #9 is due Mon 12/01 12/04 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToW responses are up now here.

ToW #8 is due Mon 11/20 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: ToW #8 (11/20) posts are here.

The lecture on Fodor and “methodological solipsism” is here; it’s in 3 segments that are about 35 minutes in total.

Topics for paper #2 are now posted on the Paper Topics page. This paper is due Tuesday, November 21st at 10am.

ToW #7 is due Mon 11/13 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToW #7 up here now.

The exam #2 grade distribution is now available on the exams page.

ToW #6 is due Wed 11/1 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

AND: As indicated in class, everyone should go to ToW #5 and post a comment, saying which of the ToWs from last week they most clearly disagreed with, and why (while being nice, of course).

UPDATE: Student ToW #6’s are here.

As announced in class, exam #2 will be held in class on Friday November 3rd.

The review sheet is now up on the exams page.

ToW #5 is due Wed 10/25 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToW #5’s are here.

AND: As indicated in class, everyone should go there and post a comment, saying which ToW they most clearly disagreed with, and why (while being nice, of course).

ToW #4 is due Fri 10/13 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

AND, remember, writing assignment #1 is due Thu 10/12 at 10am.

UPDATE: Student ToWs (#4) are now posted here.

Topics for paper #1 are now posted on the Paper Topics page. This paper is due Thursday, October 12th at 10am.

ToW #3 is due Fri 09/27 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToWs (#3) are now posted here.

Exam #1 review sheet

As announced in class, exam #1 will be held in class on Monday October 2nd.

The review sheet is now up on the exams page.

ToW #2 is due Mon 09/18 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToWs (#2) are now posted here.

ToW #1 is due Fri 09/08 @8am. See the ToWs page for more info.

UPDATE: Student ToWs (#1) are now posted here.

RE-UPDATE: Go post a comment there, saying something positive about one of the submitted ToWs. Due Mon 9/11 at 8am.

This is the home page for Philosophy 416/516, Philosophy of Mind, to be taught in the Fall semester of 2017 by Professor Ron McClamrock of the University at Albany Department of Philosophy.

A preliminary syllabus for this course is here. There will be some changes along the way for this instance of the course, but the first half or so of the course will be much the same.

Course Description

An examination of the modern version of the traditional mind-body problem and issues connected with it. Topics to be covered will include varieties of dualism and materialism, the problem of mental causation, reductionism and the mind-body problem, the relevance of various kinds of scientific theorizing about mind to the traditional mind-body problem, and some puzzles concerning qualia, embeddedness, and intentionality.

If you have questions, please contact me at rmcclamrock at albany dot edu.