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PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

CODE 65147
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/02
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Philosophy)
SEMESTER 2° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course will introduce the main themes in philosophy of mind, not only from a strictly metaphysical and epistemological perspective, but also considering the advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences. Classic problems, such as the mind-body relation, mental causation, intentionality, and consciousness, will be studied in depth, through a direct reference to major philosophical texts.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course will introduce the main themes in philosophy of mind, not only from a strictly metaphysical and epistemological perspective, but also considering the advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences. Students will learn to analyze "classic" problems, such as the mind-body relation, mental causation, intentionality, and consciousness, through the critical discussion of the major positions on the nature of mind, as well as a direct reference to major philosophical texts. Students will have to develop a critical thought on philosophical matters involving the mind, and to learn to build rigorous, clear arguments using a specific philosophy vocabulary.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course will introduce the current main themes in philosophy of mind, not only from a strictly metaphysical and epistemological perspective, but also considering the advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences about brain functions and structure. Students will learn to analyze "classic" problems, such as the mind-body relation, mental causation, intentionality, and consciousness, through the critical discussion of the major positions on the nature of mind, as well as a direct reference to major philosophical texts and to the most innovative contemporary perspectives. Students will have to develop a critical thought on philosophical matters involving the mind, and to learn to build rigorous, clear arguments using a specific philosophy vocabulary. In this way, students will be encouraged to develop personal opinions based on solid, coherent reasonings.

TEACHING METHODS

Classes and seminars

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

The course will introduce the current main themes in philosophy of mind, such as the mind-body relation, mental causation, intentionality, and consciousness. Each problem will be analyzed in relation to positions such as dualism (substance, property, predicates), behaviorism (classic and contemporary), identity theories (type, token), reductionism, eliminativism, computationalism, and functionalism.

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

The course will introduce the current main themes in philosophy of mind, such as the mind-body relation, mental causation, intentionality, and consciousness. Each problem will be analyzed in relation to positions such as dualism (substance, property, predicates), behaviorism (classic and contemporary), identity theories (type, token), reductionism, eliminativism, computationalism, and functionalism. The concepts of cognitive function/dysfunction will be analyzed with regard to some recent developments of cognitive sciences, and then discussed in relation to some relevant problems in philosophy of psychiatry.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Readings for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

One book amongst:
Kim, J. (2010), Philosophy of Mind, terza edizione, Westview Press, Boulder.
Rainone A., Gensini S. (2009), La mente, Carocci, Roma (capitoli indicati a lezione).
Di Francesco, M. (2019), Introduzione alla filosofia della mente, Carocci, Roma.

One book amongst:
Amoretti, M.C. (2011), La mente fuori dal corpo, FrancoAngeli, Milano.
Chalmers, D. (1999), La mente cosciente, McGraw-Hill, Milano.
Churchland, P.C. (2014), L’io come cervello, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
De Caro, M. & Macarthur D. (2005), La mente e la natura, Fazi, Milano
Dennett, D. (2006), Sweet Dreams, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
Fodor, J. (2014), Mente e linguaggio, Laterza, Roma-Bari.
Kim, J. (2000), La mente e il mondo fisico, Mc Graw-Hill, Milano.
Noe, A. (2010), Noi non siamo il nostro cervello, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
Further readings will be given during classes.

Readings for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

One book amongst:
Kim, J. (2010), Philosophy of Mind, terza edizione, Westview Press, Boulder.
Rainone A., Gensini S. (2009), La mente, Carocci, Roma (capitoli indicati a lezione).
Di Francesco, M. (2019), Introduzione alla filosofia della mente, Carocci, Roma.

Two books amongst:
Amoretti, M.C. (2011), La mente fuori dal corpo, FrancoAngeli, Milano.
Amoretti, M.C. (2015), Filosofia e medicina. Pensare la salute e la malattia, Carocci, Roma.
Chalmers, D. (1999), La mente cosciente, McGraw-Hill, Milano.
Churchland, P.C. (2014), L’io come cervello, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
De Caro, M. & Macarthur D. (2005), La mente e la natura, Fazi, Milano
Dennett, D. (2006), Sweet Dreams, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
Fodor, J. (2014), Mente e linguaggio, Laterza, Roma-Bari.
Kim, J. (2000), La mente e il mondo fisico, Mc Graw-Hill, Milano.
Noe, A. (2010), Noi non siamo il nostro cervello, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.

Further readings will be given during classes.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARIA CRISTINA AMORETTI (President)

MARCELLO FRIXIONE

MICHELE MARSONET

MARIA LUISA MONTECUCCO

NICLA VASSALLO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Classes and seminars

LESSONS START

February 13, 2018

Class schedule

PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Oral exam. Attending students can write and present a report in class and/or write an essay that will be graded and taken into account for the overall mark. Details will be given during classes.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
18/01/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
01/02/2018 16:30 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
24/05/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
14/06/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
28/06/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
12/07/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti
04/09/2018 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si terrà presso i locali DAFIST, sez. Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II piano, studio Amoretti