Associate Professor — PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
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- Phone: 512-471-5387
- Office: WAG 317
- Office Hours: Th 1:30-3:30
PHL 323M • Philosophy Of Mind-Phl Majors
TTH 1230pm-200pm WEL 3.402
What is a mind? How does it relate to a person's brain? How does it relate to their body and the external
world? Could a robot or a computer be conscious? What is it to experience a pain? How does the mental fit
into the physical universe? Philosophical thinking about the mind has been focused on questions like these for
hundreds of years.
In this class we will consider some of the most important historical answers offered to the questions above as
well as the views of many contemporary philosophers of mind. Specifically, we'll look at theories like dualism,
the identity theory, functionalism, and others. The goal is for each student to be able to articulate the basic
issues examined, to describe several possible responses to those issues, and to evaluate those positions
critically. This course requires active participation, including reading assigned material before each class
meeting and participation in class discussions.
The objectives are:
(i) To raise the student's understanding of the complex nature and historical background of issues in
the philosophy of mind, and
(ii) To develop critical thinking and enable students to communicate in an intelligent manner on these
PHL 380 • Metaphysics Of Objects
W 1230pm-330pm WAG 210
WED., 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Graduate Standing and consent of graduate advisor or instructor required.
The aim of this course is to focus on the concept object. Philosophers have used the notion of object to talk about many things: intentional objects, physical objects, abstract objects, and non-existent objects, to name a few. Is there a perfectly general concept or category object? What counts as an object? Are there any? Are there many concrete objects, or is there only one? Is the notion indispensable in metaphysics? Is it useful? Is the notion of unity central for characterizing what counts as an object?
One term paper approximately 20 pages 90%
One seminar presentation 10%
Strawson P.F. Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics
Evans, G., Collected Papers
Mellor, D.H. and Oliver, A. Properties
Meinong, A. ‘The Theory of Objects’
Loux, M. Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction
Bermudez, J.L. (ed) Thought, Reference, and Experience: Themes form the Philosophy of Gareth Evans.
Satisfies the M&E Requirement
PHL 310 • Knowledge And Reality
MW 1100am-1200pm PAR 1
This course is an advanced introduction to philosophical issues concerning the nature of
belief, truth, and knowledge with an emphasis on the latter. Topics to be discussed include,
but are not limited to, the following:
• What is knowledge? For example, what is the difference between knowledge and
mere true belief?
• What are the basic sources of knowledge (i.e., perception, memory, testimony of
• Why, if at all, should we value the acquisition of knowledge?
• Is it really possible to know anything at all?
PHL 380 • Thought, Perception, & Emotion
TH 330pm-630pm WAG 316
Graduate Standing and Consent of Graduate Advisor or instructor required.
This course will begin with an examination of the metaphysics of mind including a brief survey of dualism, standard physicalism, other versions of physicalism, functionalism, and panpsychism. We’ll then focus on two central features of the mind: consciousness and intentionality. We’ll start with the question, what is the best approach to consciousness? We’ll then consider the question, what is the best approach to intentionality, a phenomenological approach, a non-phenomenological approach or a mix of these? With this background in place, we’ll consider the question of how intentional properties and phenomenological properties are related for thought, perception and emotion. We’ll be concerned with the following kinds questions: Do thoughts and emotions have their own distinctive kind of phenomenology or is sensory phenomenology (broadly construed) the only kind of phenomenology there is? Is phenomenology grounded in intentionality or is intentionality grounded in phenomenology?
Textbooks & Readings
Chalmers, D. 2002. (ed) Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780195145816.
Bayne, T. and Montague, M. 2011 (eds) Cognitive Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
There will also be several readings posted on blackboard.
One long paper (approximately 20 pages) and one short presentation.