Philosophy of Mind (Fall 2007) - Final


Please answer 4 of the following questions. You have at most 1,200 words (around 4 pages, double-spaced, Arial, 12 point font) in which to answer all 4 questions.

The exams are due by midnight Thursday, December 13th.

Note: If you are asked to explain an objection to a theory, you must explain the theory in the course of your answer. It is best to start your answer with the theory and then explain the objection.

Note: All theories and technical terms should be described. For example, if you mention physicalism, you need to describe the theory.

Note: If you are asked to evaluate an argument, you need to say why you think it is good or bad. Space permitting, you should consider how someone would respond to your evaluation.


Answer 1 from questions 1-2:

1. Explain the "super-spartan" and "perfect pretender" objections to logical behaviorism.

2. What is "Epiphenomenalism"? Explain at least two objections to the theory.

Answer 1 from questions 3-4:

3. Can computers think? Evaluate Searle's answer to this question.

4. Why does Nagel think that echolocation is a problem for functionalism?

Answer 1 from questions 5-6:

5. What does Jackson think Mary learns when she leaves her room? Explain how this is a problem for physicalism.

6. Explain and evaluate Lewis' know-how defense of physicalism against the Knowledge Argument objection.

Answer 1 from questions 7-8:

7. What is the Explanatory Gap? Is it a problem for physicalism?

8. Does McGinn think that we can solve the mind-body problem? Why or why not?