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Fall 2018-2019
* CGS 310 / PHI 328 (EC)   No Audit

The Philosophy and Science of Consciousness

Ian B. Phillips

Course will introduce students to foundational theoretical issues in the science of consciousness. We will examine how studies of patients with brain damage (e.g. blindsight) and experiments with neurotypical subjects (e.g. change and inattentional blindness) might bear on questions such as: (a) Can we be conscious of things we cannot report or recall? (b) Can we perceive things unconsciously? (c) What is the function of awareness? We will also consider methodological challenges to the study of consciousness. Readings will be drawn from philosophy and experimental psychology.

Sample reading list:
Ned Block, On a confusion about a function of consciousness
Alvin Goldman, Can science know when you're conscious?
Philip Merikle, Daniel Smilek and John Eastwood, Perception without awareness
Martha Farah, Visual perception and visual awareness after brain damage
Hakwan Lau, Are we studying consciousness yet?
Elizabeth Irvine and Mark Sprevak, Eliminativism about consciousness
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assessment is anticipated to consist in: (a) four word summary papers (max. 500 words); (b) four pop quizzes; (c) mid-term paper (max. 2500 words); (d) class participation and (e) a final exam. Total number of pages the student is expected to read c. 30.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 15%
Papers - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students are required to have taken at least one previous course in either philosophy or experimental psychology..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22299 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Robertson Hall   020   Enrolled:14 Limit:20