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This highly accessible combination of articles with readable and teachable supporting introductions and text enables students to understand assigned readings well enough to be able to come to class ready to ask intelligent questions and engage in critical discussion.
I. CARTESIAN DUALISM.
Human Minds and Animal Machines.
II. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE.
Gilbert Ryle: Descartes' Myth. Norman Malcolm: Knowledge of Other Minds.
III. THE HUMAN BRAIN.
Brian Cooney: Brain Events.
A. The Identity Thesis. U. T. Place: Is Consciousness a Brain Process? J. J. C. Smart: Sensations and Brain Processes. Saul Kripke: The Identity Relation: Selections from Naming and Necessity. B. Eliminative Materialism. Richard Rorty: Mind-Body Identity, Privacy, and Categories. Paul M. Churchland: Eliminative Materialism. C. Functionalism. David M. Armstrong: The Nature of Mind. Jerry A. Fodor: Materialism. D. Supervenience. John Haugeland: Ontological Supervenience. Jaegwom Kim: The Mind-Body Problem: Taking Stock After Forty Years.
V. MINDS AND COMPUTERS.
Harper's Magazine: Our Machines, Ourselves. Richard B. White: Some Basic Concepts of Computability Theory. Hilary Putnam: The Nature of Mental States. Jerry A. Fodor: Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology. John R. Searle: Do Minds Compute?
Roderick M. Chisholm: Brentano on Descriptive Psychology and the Intentional. Daniel C. Dennett: Intentional Systems. Fred Dretske: If You Can't Make One, You Don't Know How It Works.
VII. CONSCIOUSNESS AND QUALIA.
Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat? Keith Campbell: A Critique of Central-State Materialism. Frank Jackson: Epiphenomenal Qualia. Patricia Smith Churchland and Paul M. Churchland: Functionalism, Qualia, and Intentionality. Colin McGinn: Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem? David Chalmers: Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness. Brian Loar: Phenomenal States.
John Locke: Of Identity and Diversity. David Hume: Of Personal Identity. Derek Parfit: Selections From Reasons and Persons. Thomas Nagel: Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness. Daniel C. Dennett: Why Everyone is a Novelists. Sydney Shoemaker: Self and Substance.