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Evolution and Mind - AFSV00190
Anglický název: Evolution and Mind
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2015
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Garant: doc. James Hill, Ph.D.
Třída: Exchange - 08.1 Philosophy
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: UFRHILL (26.09.2014)

This course aims to address two questions that concern mind in evolutionary theory:

(i) The first question is how mind can emerge from an evolutionary process that begins from beings quite lacking in mind and consciousness. We will examine different approaches to this question, varying from the purely mechanistic accounts of Dennett and Dawkins, to accounts that are sceptical of materialism, including those of Chomsky, Nagel, and Fodor. We will also look at panpsychist and emergentist accounts of the origin of mind.

(ii) Secondly, we will concern ourselves with the question of what cognitive abilities may be attributed to a mind that arises in the process of evolution. We will be attentive to the requirement of any theory of evolution that it must be able to explain our cognitive grasp of its own truth, and we will assess different accounts of how this is possible.

This is a course in the philosophy of mind. It will assume no background in evolutionary theory. While it will certainly help to have some background in philosophy of mind, epistemology and the philosophy of science, students who are beginners in philosophy are also welcome.
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: UFRHILL (29.09.2014)

Students who wish to gain credits for the course must meet two requirements:

(i) Attendance at the seminar each week. More than three absences will mean that one is ineligible for the grade.

(ii) A short short essay of roughly 2,000 words on one subject from the course. The essay should show both knowledge of the philosophical position under examination as well as the student's own reasoned standpoint. The title and theme of the essay should be approved by the instructor before the student begins writing. The essay must be handed in by Monday, December 1st, 2014. Work must be handed in on paper---electronic versions are not acceptable. Work coming in after the deadline will not be accepted.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: UFRHILL (29.09.2014)

The following will be among the central themes of the course:

1. The views of Charles Darwin on the mind and evolution, and his differences on this issue with Alfred Russel Wallace.

2. Teleological theories of evolutionary development in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

3. The twentieth century neo-Darwin synthesis and its implications for evolution of mind.

4. Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett: mechanistic theories of the evolution of mind.

5. Thomas Nagel, Jerry Fodor, Piattelli-Palmarini: Doubts about the mechanistic explanation.

6. Panpychism and emergence.

7. The problem of epistemic boundedness for evolutionary theory of mind: Charles Pierce, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga.

8. Is intelligent design really an alternative?

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