Topics in the Philosophy of Neuroscience

Symbolic Systems 206, Philosophy 206T
Mondays, 3:15-5:05
Bldg 200, Rm 107
Professor Paul Skokowski
Stanford University
Winter 2004


Koch, The Quest for Consciousness
Tye, Ten Problems of Consciousness
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Neural Reductionism

Week 1, Jan. 12th:
Course Overview
Patricia Churchland, Can Neurobiology Teach us Anything about Consciousness?
Paul and Patricia Churchland, Intertheoretic Reduction: A Neuroscientist's Field Guide

Week 2, Jan. 19th:

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Gold and Stoljar, A neuron doctrine in the philosophy of neuroscience. Behavioral
and Brain Sciences 22(5), (1999).


Week 3, Jan. 26th:
Guest Speaker: Judy Illes, Stanford, From Neuroimaging to Neuroethics

Further recommended readings:
Judy Illes, et al., Meeting Neuroethical Challenges in Cognitive Enhancement
Judy Illes, et al., Neuroethics: Mapping the Terrain

Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Week 4, Feb. 2nd:
Guest Speaker: John Searle, UC Berkeley, Consciousness

Searle, J. Consciousness. Ann. Rev. Neurosci. 23:557-78, (2000). (Choose Annual Reviews,
Neuroscience, to download).
Chalmers, Facing up to the Hard Problem of Consciousness, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2(3): 35-40, 1995.

Further recommended readings:
Searle, J. How to Study Consciousness Scientifically. Brain Research Reviews 16:379-387, (1998).
Skokowski, I, Zombie, Consciousness and Cognition, 11(1), 2002.

Week 5, Feb. 9th:
Dan Lloyd, Functional MRI and the Study of Human Consciousness, J. Cog. Neuro. 14(6): 818-831, 2002.
Revonsuo, A., Can Functional Brain Imaging Discover Consciousness?, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8(3):3-23, 2001.

Further recommended readings:
Rees, Can Philosophy Discover Consciousness in the Brain?, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8(3): 35-40, 2001.
Rees, Kreiman and Koch, Neural Correlates of Consciousness in Humans, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 3:261-269, 2002.

Week 6, Feb. 16th:
David Chalmers, What is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness? in Metzinger (ed.), The Neuronal
Correlates of Consciousness, MIT (2000)
Noë and Thompson, Are There Neural Correlates of Consciousness? Journal of Consciousness
Studies (forthcoming).

Further recommended readings:
Crick and Koch, The Unconscious Homunculus, in Metzinger (ed.), The Neuronal Correlates
of Consciousness, MIT (2000)
Zeki, Localization and Globalization in Conscious Vision. Ann. Rev. Neurosci. 24:57-86, (2001). (Choose
Annual Reviews, Neuroscience, to download)


Week 7, Feb. 23rd
Guest Speaker: Alva NoŽ, UC Berkeley: Experience Without the Head

NoŽ, Experience Without the Head
Koch, Ch. 1, 5, and 6

Further recommended readings:
Koch, Ch. 2-4

Neuroscience and Consciousness

Week 8, March 1st:
Guest Speaker: Christof Koch, Caltech: Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Koch, Sec. 14.6, Ch. 16, 18, 19

Further recommended readings:
Koch, Ch. 17, Ch. 14

Week 9, March 8th:
Guest Speaker: Bill Newsome, Stanford Neuroscience: Neuroscience, Vision, and Consciousness

Hurley and NoŽ, Neural plasticity and consciousness, Biology and Philosophy 18:131-168 [2003]
Block, Spatial Perception via Tactile Sensation, Trends Cogn Sci. 2003 Jul;7(7):285-286.

Week 10, March 15th:
Tye, Ch. 2, Sec 4.0 - 4.5, Sec 5.0 - 5.3.

Further recommended readings:
Dretske, Prologue, Ch. 1-3.
Skokowski, Review of 'Naturalizing the Mind', Mind and Language, 11(4), (1996).

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