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Module Reading List

The Mind, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Simon Hewitt
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Readings: PHIL1005 The Mind

All readings are in a course packet available at Blackwell's bookshop

Week 1: Introduction: The Mind/Body Problem

Bloom, P. 2004. The Duel Between Body and Soul. The New York times.. Sept. 10, 2004.

Place, U.T. 1956. Is Consciousness a Brain Process? British journal of psychology. 47:1, 44-50.

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Week 2: Is the mind physical? I: Materialism (The Identity Theory)

Bisson, T. 1990. They're Made Out of Meat. Omni. - Available online:

Lewis, D. 1966. An argument for the identity theory. Journal of philosophy. 63: 17-25

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Week 3: Is the mind physical? II: Dualism Strikes Back

Gertler, B. 2007. In Defense of Mind-Body Dualism. In Feinberg, J. and Shafer-Landau, R. eds. Reason and Responsibility . 13th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 303-315.

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Week 4: Can machines think? I: The Chinese Room

Searle, J. 1980. Minds, Brains, and Programs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. . 3 : 417-24.

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Week 5: Can machines think? II: Escaping from the Chinese Room

Block, N. 1980. What intuitions about homunculi don’t show. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. . 3 : 425-6.

Fodor, J. 1980. Searle on What Only Brains Can Do. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 3 : 431-2.

Searle, J. 1980. Author’s Response. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. . 3 : 450-7.

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Week 6: Consciousness I: The Hard Problem

Nagel, T. 1974. What Is It Like To Be A Bat? Philosophical review. . 83 : 435–50. [INTERESTING BUT NOT REQUIRED]

Chalmers, D. 1995/2002. The Puzzle of Conscious Experience. Scientific American. . 237 : 90-100.

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Week 7: Consciousness II: Debunking the Hard Problem

Churchland, P. 1996. The Hornswoggle Problem. Journal of consciousness studies. . 3 : 402-8.

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Week 8: How big is the mind? I: The Extended Mind Hypothesis

Clark, A. and Chalmers, D. 1998. The Extended Mind. Analysis. . 58 : 7-19.

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Week 9: How big is the mind? II: Containing the Mind

Adams, F. and Aizawa, K. 2001. The bounds of cognition. Philosophical psychology. . 14 : 43-64.

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Week 10: Creativity: Creative Machines?

Boden, M. 2007. Creativity in a nutshell. Think : philosophy for everyone . 5: 83-96.

David, R. 2015. Can robots truly be creative and use their imagination? The Guardian. Oct. 10, 2015.

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Week 11 Emotions: Can a Machine Feel Emotions?

Goldie, P. (2007) Emotion. Philosophy compass. 2: 928-938.

Evans, D. (2004). Can robots have emotions?' Psychology review. 11: 2-5. - Available online:

This list was last updated on 19/01/2017