Where is the Mind?
There are all sorts of reasons for thinking that the mind is in the head. It is not, after all, events in the environment that make you do what you do, it is your beliefs about such events. Beliefs, surely, are in your head? If you think the mind is the brain, of course, you will certainly think that the mind is in the head. But in recent years many philosophers have turned their back on this obvious thought and embraced externalism in the philosophy of mind. In doing this they claim that mental states are not in the head. During this weekend we shall be considering the arguments for (and against) this claim, and the ramifications for its truth. There will be plenty of opportunity to question the lecturer and to discuss the issues with other participants.
SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018
2.45pm Course Registration
3.00pm Descartes and the assumption of internalism
4.30pm Tea / coffee
5.00pm The arguments for externalism (one)
6.30pm Break / bar open
8.15pm- The arguments for externalism (two)
SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am Externalism is true: What then?
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Question and answer
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Course disperses
This entry in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy will give you the basics: http://www.iep.utm.edu/int-ex-ml/
If you’d like to read the academic paper that started the whole thing you can read it here: Putnam, Hilary, 1975. “The Meaning of Meaning,” Philosophical Papers, Vol. II : Mind, Language, and Reality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. But it is difficult and you might prefer to watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE8NL9G_Fq8
A full reading list will be given out during the lectures.
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Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £77.00
Baguette Sunday: £4.70
Dinner Saturday evening: £19.00
Hot Lunch Sunday: £13.50
Single B&B Saturday night: £75.85
Single Room Only Saturday Night: £64.85
Twin B&B Saturday night - per person: £54.35
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Ms Marianne Talbot
Course Tutor and Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot B.A., B.Phil., has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education since 2001. She has written several of Oxford’s popular short online courses on Philosophy, and her podcasts (notably on critical reasoning) have been downloaded over 5 million times. Marianne specialises in logic, ethics and the philosophy of mind. The topic of knowledge is her particular current interest.
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