INDV 101: Philosophical Perspectives on the Individual

David Chalmers

E-mail: chalmers@arizona.edu
Phone: 621-7105
Web: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~chalmers/
Office hours: Thursday 1:30-3pm (Social Sciences 226A)
Class meeting (fall 1999): Monday/Wednesday 2-2:50pm, Modern Languages 350

Teaching Assistants:

Overview

This class is devoted to philosophical issues concerning the self and the mind.  Some of the issues we will examine include:

Texts Further readings will be made available on this web page.

Assessment

There will be three short papers of 4-5 pages each, a midterm and a final exam, and occasional quizzes.  Late papers will be penalized at a rate of one letter grade per day (except with medical documentation).  No incompletes will be given, except for very good medical reasons.   If you have special needs, let me know soon. Attendance at discussion section is required; if you miss more than two meetings, your grade will suffer.

Second paper! (due Wednesday December 1)

First paper! (due Monday October 4)

Tips on doing philosophy

Here are some very useful resources on how to write philosophy papers. Read these carefully!

Schedule

Here is a very approximate week-by-week plan for the course, with associated readings.  Note that this is very likely to be revised as things develop, and further readings will be added.

TOPIC 1. INTRODUCTION (1 week)

TOPIC 2: KNOWLEDGE AND SKEPTICISM (1 week)
  TOPIC 3: DUALISM (2 weeks)


TOPIC 4: BEHAVIORISM (1 week)

TOPIC 5: MATERIALISM (2 weeks) TOPIC 6: CONSCIOUSNESS (1-2 weeks) TOPIC 7: FREE WILL (2 weeks) TOPIC 8: PERSONAL IDENTITY (2 weeks) TOPIC 9: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (2-3 weeks)

Web resources

Some useful resources on the web include: