Introductory lectures on philosophy of mind and philosophy of science for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme in the Brain and Mind Sciences, University of Crete, March 2021.
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Lecture 1 (16/03/21): The immaterial mind
- Introduction to Cartesian Dualism — A lecture by Oxford philosopher Peter Millican
- George Berkeley and Idealism — Another lecture by Peter Millican
- Jacques de Vaucanson – Biography, History and Inventions — An article
- History of Robots: Jaques de Vaucanson: Pooping Robot Duck & the Flute Playing Automaton — A short podcast
- René Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part V
- ‘Linguistics and Descartes’ by Noam Chomsky
Lecture 2 (18/03/21): The material mind
- The Rise of Physicalism by David Papineau — An article explaining how scientists came to adopt a physicalist view of the world. Highly recommended.
- Gilbert Ryle and J. O. Urmson – Philosophy of Mind — Film of Ryle and Urmson talking about philosophy of mind.
- Beyond the Fringe on Oxford Philosophy — A satire of 1950s Oxford philosophy
- ‘Theyre Made out of Meat’ by Terry Bisson
- ‘Big Thinkers’ profile of Daniel Dennett
Lecture 3 (23/03/21): The mechanical mind
- Alan Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence — A classic paper
- Jerry Fodor Interview on Philosophy of Mind
Lecture 4 (24/03/21): Consciousness as immaterial
- When Blindsight is 20/20 — A short introduction to blindsight
- How do you explain consciousness? — TED talk by David Chalmers
Lecture 5 (30/03/21): Consciousness as material
The Illusionist View of Consciousness
A series of six lectures by Keith for The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies.
- Lecture 1: The Illusionist Option
- Lecture 2: The Case Against Qualia
- Lecture 3: The Case for Illusionism
- Lecture 4: Objections to Illusionism
- Lecture 5: Varieties of Illusionism
- Lecture 6: Implications of Illusionism