London Philosophy Club Reading Group

Should the strike on the Underground go ahead, the meeting will finish at 9.00.

Continuing with our mind and body theme, and developing some of the ideas from the Descartes and Ryle reading from January, the first reading for February is Rudolf Carnap 'Psychology in Physical Language'. The other reading is a rejoinder to both Ryle (Chap. 1 of 'The Concept of Mind') and Carnap. It is Hilary Putnam 'Brains and Behaviour'. Both Carnap and Putnam, and many others, are included in the comprehensive reader The Philosophy of Mind, edited by David J. Chalmers. (Around £25). This reader is also likely to be a useful source as we further explore this theme.

If you don't want to buy the Chalmers reader, then the original place of publication for the Putnam is R. Butler (ed.) Analytical Philosophy: Second Series (1968). [the date is important]. Various offers on Abebooks for around £3-5. The Carnap is here on the web (

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  • Lorenz

    What the next discussion topic, wanna join

    April 27, 2014

  • BK

    As a new member I found the discussion really interesting and great way to spend the evening. Thank you to Pete who clearly puts a lot of effort into planning these events.

    February 6, 2014

  • Godfrey S.

    We had a good and detailed discussion of the two papers, with an interesting range of ideas being fed in. Pete's role as facilitator played an important part in making the meeting a success. Also important was that everyone who spoke had read the papers, so the exchanges were well informed and focused.

    2 · February 5, 2014

  • Godfrey S.

    I'll be there, though I found the reading hard going - and , I suspect, harder than it needed to be.

    February 4, 2014

  • mark

    Dammit! Can't make it - will be working quite late I just found out

    February 4, 2014

  • Monika

    I apologise but the tube strike would make it very difficult for me to get home safely tonight even if left at 9pm. Sorry!

    February 4, 2014

  • Joe F.

    Due to the transport disruption I don't think I am going to make it.

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Opologies for any inconveniences.

    February 4, 2014

  • BK

    At this late notice, if it is OK I will just turn up as I imagine many won't make it due to the train strike. If you are full then I will just go for a beer and come along next time.

    February 4, 2014

  • Michael

    I apologise that I can now no longer attend due to work commitments.

    February 4, 2014

  • Francesca H.

    Double booked. Bummer.

    February 4, 2014

  • Pete R.

    Sorry cannot make it. Ofsted imminent.. Allegedly

    February 3, 2014

  • Claire R.

    I'd love to come along if a place becomes available. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

    February 3, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Please let me know if there is a place on this.

    February 3, 2014

  • Thomas L.

    Tube strike has done me. Sorry!

    February 3, 2014

  • Godfrey S.

    I've just had an email from Abe books that the 1968 book containing the Putnam paper won't reach me until long after our meeting on the 4th. So be warned! I don't mind, as it was cheap and I'll be quite happy to own the book, but it looks like the only way to read the Putnam in time for our meeting is to buy the Chalmers book or use a library (or JSTOR).

    January 18, 2014

    • Paul

      You can find Putnam's paper online. Just do a Google search

      February 2, 2014

  • Romilly

    Sadly I can't attend this one. I'm very disappointed as the last one was fantastic! Highly recommended if your interested in the philosophy of mind.

    February 2, 2014

  • Momin M.

    Have avidly read philosophy, would very much love to attend.

    February 1, 2014

  • James

    Afraid I wont be around for this one.

    January 21, 2014

  • Steve W.

    Hi, I'll do my best to get the reading under my belt. Look forward to the 4th.

    January 19, 2014

  • Godfrey S.

    The Carnap is not an easy read. I'll persist, but I have always felt that philosophy is a branch of literature and should above all be limpid and eloquent. Since its purpose is to address the questions about existence and morality that puzzle all thinking human beings, it must aim to be accessible. Writers who become drawn too much into narrow, technical and jargon-infested argument seem to me to have lost sight of what philosophy is for. There - I've got that off my chest!.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Francesca H.

    Just a bit of homework then… 'Dusts off meditations'

    January 17, 2014

  • Pete B.

    Hi everyone. If you're attending the session on the 4th February and didn't come to the session on 15th January, it might be worthwhile looking at the two texts we read and discussed then (Descartes 'Meditations' and Chap 1 of Ryle 'Concept of Mind'). Details are under that date. Both are in the Chalmers Reader and available elsewhere.

    January 17, 2014

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