COGS Q540 — Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
Meeting time: MW 2:30-3:45; Location: Wells Library 951 may change!
Instructor: Colin Allen, PhD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Office / Telephone: Goodbody 113 / 855-8916
Office hours: M 12:00-1:00 and by appointment
The cognitive sciences began with great enthusiasm for the prospects of a successful multi-disciplinary attack on the mind. This enthusiasm was fueled by the faith that computational ideas could put flesh on abstract notions of mental representation, providing the means to make good physical sense of questions about the nature of mental information processing. The challenges of understanding how minds work have turned out to be much greater than many of the early enthusiasts predicted — in fact they have turned out to be so great that many (especially here at IU) have argued that we need new paradigms to replace the standard computationalist-representationalist assumptions of traditional cognitive science. This course aims to provide an understanding of the philosophical issues underlying this discussion.
Grades will be based on performance in the following four categories:
Schedule of Readings and Presentations
This schedule may be altered in response to events in class.
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