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Monday Night Philosophy Talks (monthly)


Hello All,


As many of you know we're down to the last 3 of the John Searle lectures on philosphy of mind (instructions below on how to access).  These last lectures seem to diverge a bit into philosophy of society and then offer a quick wrap-up of the course.  Let's take the opportunity to delve a little more deeply into a couple of areas that Searle has eluded to several times but did not really go into in detail: 'the explanatory gap' and 'the hard problem of consciousness'.  So...if you don't listen to the lectures, don't worry.  The most important material for our discussion are the articles below.


The papers are in order of importance.  For those of you who received the links before, from the July session that was cancelled, you should know that the first one here is a new one.  (And the most important).  Anyway, this conversation will be really fun..!


Materialism and Qualia: The Explanatory Gap
Joseph Levine


Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness
David J. Chalmers
Department of Philosophy
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721



The Hard Problem of Consciousness

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy



The Hard Problem of Consciousness



Conceivability, Identity, and the Explanatory Gap
Joseph Levine


The Explanatory Gap -- Introduction
David J. Chalmers


P.S. Here's how to access the lectures:


-Go to iTunes Store

-Click on iTunesU from top menu

-Click on Universities & Colleges, right sidebar

-Click on UC Berkeley

-Click on Spring 2011 Courses

-There you will find Philosophy 132, by John R. Searle (Note: it doesn't say philosophy of mind)


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