661 - PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF
10:40, 11:40; Fri 13:40 (EA502)
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461 or some interest in AI and philosophy in general.
be class presentations, a midterm, and an essay (and hence no final). The
midterm will be administered as a take-home exam. By an "essay", I mean
a typeset document of some length (~10-12 pp), giving a coherent and substantial
analysis of an issue discussed in a paper covered in class. If you would
like to do an essay studying a paper not covered in class, you must first
contact me. (It is also possible to do a book review instead of an essay.
Again, first get my approval.)
a breakdown of the course activities:
Q&A sheets........25% [Due finals week]
[Due finals week]
I've ordered two books for our bookstore and intend to use them as textbooks:
following fundamental book on the philosophy of mind is available in the
year we'll concentrate on consciousness. Hence the following collection
of papers (available in the library) is extremely useful:
following MIT Press books are also
very useful (and are available in the library):
I'll be lecturing on Tuesdays and you'll be presenting papers on Fridays.
Thus we'll be covering one paper each week. Unless you are explicitly told
otherwise, papers can be found at the following site, maintained by David
Papers on Consciousness
in the following list are preceded by dates on which they will be presented.
A presentation must take approximately 30 mins. The remainder of the lecture
must be devoted to a discussion of the paper. Towards this end, everyone
-- except the speaker -- must prepare one question, together with his/her
proposed answer. This is called a "Q&A sheet" and should be printed
on a single page. Make enough copies for everyone in the class and don't
forget to submit one to me. At the end of the term, you'll give me your
best 5 Q&A sheets plus your essay (all placed in a folder) for grading.
(You are encouraged to submit the revised versions of the Q&A sheets.)
[self] A. Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence
[self] R. French, Subcognition and the limits of the Turing Test
[Eray] J. Searle, Minds, brains and programs
[Mustafa] J. Searle, Is the brain a digital computer?
[Atacan] N. Block, The mind as the software of the brain
[Baris] L. Hauser, Why isn't my pocket calculator a thinking thing?
[Eray] J. McCarthy, Ascribing mental qualities to machines
[Mustafa] M. Minsky, Conscious machines
to come ...