Syllabus of PHIL 308 - Philosophy of Mind

Department: Philosophy

Credits: Bilkent 3,    ECTS 5

Course Coordinator: Istvan Albert Aranyosi

Semester: 2017-2018 Spring

Section: 001

Instructor(s): Istvan Albert Aranyosi

Office & Office Hours:

Course Schedule:
  Mon. Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
08:40 - 09:30         PHIL 308-001 H-332*    
09:40 - 10:30         PHIL 308-001 H-332    
10:40 - 11:30   PHIL 308-001 H-332          
11:40 - 12:30   PHIL 308-001 H-332          
12:40 - 13:30              
13:40 - 14:30              
14:40 - 15:30              
15:40 - 16:30              
16:40 - 17:30              
17:40 - 18:30              
18:40 - 19:30              
19:40 - 20:30              
          Lecture hours.
          Spare hour
*  This hour has been reserved as spare hour in the weekly schedule. The spare hour may be used by the instructor for recitations, make-up of classes missed, etc.

Contact Hours: 3 hours of lecture per week   
Textbook and Other Required Material:
  • Required - Textbook: Philosophy of Mind, Jaegwon Kim, 2010, 3, Westview
  • Required - Reading: Phil 308 Course Pack, Collection, Will be made available online
Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to key issues in contemporary philosophy of mind. We start by looking at dualist, materialist and functionalist responses to the mind/body problem, and consider a range of further issues about personal identity, consciousness and intentionality. A key guiding issue is, `To what extent, and in what ways can the human mind be compared to a computer?'
Prerequisite(s): None
Assessment Methods:
  Type Label Count Total Contribution
1 Final:Essay/written Final:Essay/written 1 30
2 Midterm:Essay/written Midterm:Essay/written 1 20
3 In-class participation In-class participation 1 10
4 Tasks Homework, Quiz, Presentation, Group Exercise. 1 20
5 Term essay Term essay 1 20
Minimum Requirements to Qualify for the Final Exam:
30 points out of 70; 70 is the total points of all assignments before the final exam.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcome Assessment
Examine key arguments in the texts in philosophy of mind and evaluate them. Final:Essay/written
Students can interpret and critically analyze arguments in a philosophical text, present their results in a clearly structured written form. Students can relate crucial arguments in the philosophy of mind to contemporary views in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and Cognitive Science. Term essay
Present philosophical ideas and criticisms in a clear fashion. In-class participation
Identify the key problems in the given text and debate possible solutions to them. Homework, Quiz, Presentation, Group Exercise.
Weekly Syllabus:
  1. Introduction and warm-up: What is Philosophy of Mind? What is Physical? What is Mental? Is there a mark of the mental?
  2. Mind as a Distinct Substance/Property: Dualism
  3. Dualism (cont.)
  4. Mind as Behavior: Behaviorism
  5. Mind as the Brain: Identity Theory
  6. Identity Theory (cont.)
  7. Midterm Exam
  8. Mind as a Computing Machine: Machine Functionalism
  9. Machine Functionalism(cont.)
  10. Consciousness
  11. Consciousness (cont.)
  12. Mental Causation
  13. Mental Causation (cont.)
  14. Special Sciences
Type of Course:   Lecture
Course Material:   Written - PC
Teaching Methods:   Assignment - Lecture - Independent study - Presentations