Where is the Mind?

Course summary

  • Sat 07 Apr 2018 to Sun 08 Apr 2018
  • 2.45pm Sat - 1.00pm Sun
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA
  • From £77.00
  • Course code O17P176PHR
  • ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1865 270380
  • Applications being accepted

Where is the Mind?



Overview

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.

Programme details

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

 

7.00pm         Dinner

 

8.15pm-        The arguments for externalism (two)

9.30pm                  

 

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

 

1.00pm         Lunch

 

2.00pm         Course disperses

 

Recommended reading

SUGGESTED READING:

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.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

 

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

 

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form or contact the Day & Weekend Events Office, Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk

Fees

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

Funding

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.

Concessionary fees for short courses

 

Tutors

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.  

 

Application

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