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Lone Star College 2011-2012

  • We begin the course considering Meta-philosophy; thinking through a suitable definition for Philosophy and examining our meta-cognitions of that process. We have a cursory glimpse at some early philosophers' attempts to consider the nature of reality through reason and experience apart from religion, myth, art or power. We label this branch of philosophy Meta-physics and it includes, among other studies, ontology-of what is, cosmology-of space time and objects, and mereology-of part to whole relations.
  • Meta-physics is often contrasted with Epistemology. Epistemology deals with the nature and scope of knowledge.
  • We then begin to grapple with the question of knowledge.  
    • You should  begin reading Plato's Theaetetus  and preparing, with your group, to present on some issue addressed therein. your first written abstract (25 to 100 words) on that reading is due.
  • Our concern shifts from what constitutes knowledge  to methods for acquiring certainty. We examine some threats to certainty  particularly illusion and ambiguity.
    • Our next major readings are the Methods and Meditations  of Descartes. Read and prepare with your team to present. (alt. Meditations  site with sec.4)
    • To help prepare for your presentations review a model  for close reading and critical review of philosophical literature together with assessment  expectations. 
    •  Abstracts on the Descartes readings will soon be due.
  • Descartes method ultimately leads us to the mind body problem.
Plato and Descartes readings can be found by clicking  the links above or the appropriate link in the list below. If you're reading the Palmer text, the ancient philosophers including the pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle are covered in the first 92 pages and we take up the Palmer text again with Descartes at page 160 - 180

  • Two mutually constraining methods Rationalism and Empiricism
    • Rationalism - Descartes' method of doubt together with his subsequent arguments are exemplary of a style of thinking that has come to be knows as Rationalism. Some other prominant philosphers of the period who embraced Rationalism include Spinoza and Leibniz. Rationalists' arguments, preceding largely on the basis of deductive reasoning from first principles, are to be contrasted with
    • Empiricists' arguments which tend to proceed inductively on the basis of sensory experience. Some empiricist philosophers of the period include Locke, Berkeley and Hume.
  • Things begin to get more complex now as we develop our mental maps  with diverse categories.
  • We'll have a sidelong glimp at a few other figures along the way and then have a look at kant. But don't stress. I won't be expecting anyone to actually read the whole thing. It's a long and difficult read. So, we certainly won't have time to do him justice.
 

Post mid-term review


From Ryles Dispositional Analysis to
                                a Materialist Theory of Mind. Read also U.T. Place  and  J.J.C. Smart 
 
 

Kripke Vs Smart

 
 There might be Zombies? Can we really conceive such a thing or is that mere self-delusion?
 

They've no feelings sense or mental life but act EXACTLY as if they do.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Functionalism The Turing Test .
 

  • The Continental Analytic split.
  • Phenomenology
  • Ordinary Language
  • Positivism
  • The Linguistic Turn
 
 
 
 
 

How Good Is Your concentration. Count the passes.

 
 

  elbot 

 

A.L.I.C.E.

 
 
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