Reading Assignments(Readings from Stainton's anthology, Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language, are listed by author and selection title, with "PPL" followed by page numbers in parentheses. Readings from the Crumley anthology, Problems in Mind, are are listed by author and selection title, with "PM" followed by page numbers in parentheses. Readings from the Kripke book, Naming and Necessity, are listed by author and page numbers. On-line readings are listed by author and title and labeled "on-line".)
- For Jan. 11: Read Frege's "Ueber Sinn und Bedeutung (On Sense and Reference)" (PPL 45-64). To help you understand the article, try to answer the questions on this Frege Worksheet. For an introduction to or review of the notation of symbolic logic, everyone should also read Alex Miller's "Frege: Semantic Value and Reference" (on-line).
- For Jan. 13: Read Russell's "Descriptions" (PPL 65-74).
- For Jan. 18: Read Russell's "On Denoting" (on-line) and then Strawson's "On Referring" (PPL 289-311). (Optional related reading: Russell's reply "Mr. Strawson on Referring" (on-line))
- For Jan. 25: Read Donnellan's "Reference and Definite Descriptions" (PPL 312-332).
- For Jan. 27: Read Lecture I from Kripke's Naming and Necessity (pp. 22-70). Skip the Preface (pp. 1-21), as we will come back to it later (when it will make more sense).
- For Feb. 1: Read Lecture II from Kripke's Naming and Necessity (pp. 71-105).
- For Feb. 3: Read the Preface of Naming and Necessity (pp. 1-21).
- For Feb. 8: Read Lecture III from Kripke's Naming and Necessity (pp. 106-155).
- For Feb. 10: Read Putnam's "Meaning and Reference". Also, get started on the First Paper, which is due Thursday, Feb. 17. Be sure also to read my Paper Requirements and Policies.
- For Feb. 15: Read Grice's "Meaning" (PPL 127-136).
- For Feb. 17: First Paper due. Also, read Grice's "Logic and Conversation" (PPL 271-287).
- For Feb. 22: Read Austin's "Performative Utterances" (PPL 239-252) and Searle's "What is a Speech Act?" (PPL 253-268).
- For Feb. 24: Re-read the Searle.
- For Mar. 1: Spring Break!
- For Mar. 3: More Spring Break!
- For Mar. 8: Re-read Grice's "Logic and Conversation", then read Fodor's "The Mind-Body Problem" (PM 118-129).
- For Mar. 10: Re-read Kripke, pp. 144-155 and read Putnam's "The Nature of Mental States" (PM 102-109).
- For Mar. 15: Read Block's "Troubles with Functionalism" (PM 130-162).
- For Mar. 17: Read Lewis's "Mad Pain and Martian Pain" (PM 110-117).
- For Mar. 29: Read Nagel's "What Is It Like to Be a Bat?" (PM 534-542) and Jackson's "Epiphenomenal Qualia" (PM 556-563).
- For Mar. 31: Read the Churchlands's "Functionalism, Qualia, and Intentionality" (PM 163-177).
- For Apr. 5: Read Churchland's "Reduction, Qualia, and the Direct Introspection of Brain States" (PM 564-576) and Jackson's "What Mary Didn't Know" (PM 577-580).
- For Apr. 7: Read Chalmers's "Can Consciousness Be Reductively Explained?" (PM 588-598). Also, start working on the Second Paper, which is due Tuesday, Apr. 19
- For Apr. 12: Read Searle's "Can Computers Think?" (PM 372-378) and Boden's "Escaping from the Chinese Room" (PM 379-388). (For the interested--optional related reading: Turing's "Computing Machinery and Intelligence". You can also try talking to a Turing Test candidate here.)
- For Apr. 14: Read Dennett's "The Myth of Original Intentionality" (PM 389-400).
- For Apr. 19: Second Papers due!. Also, bring review questions about topics you want to get clearer on for the Exam.
- For Apr. 21: Final Exam!. In the classroom from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Bring a bluebook! (and bring an extra for the memory-impaired).
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