PH20C: Philosophy of Mind Semester I (Academic Year 2006 - 2007) DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGE, LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY Faculty of Humanities & Education, UWI, Mona Campus ESSAY TOPICS INSTRUCTIONS: Not Less Than 2,500 OR More Than 3000 Words. D U E: ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 29, 2006 Please SELECT ONE topic 1. Write a brief dissertation on artificial intelligence, developing an argument for or against the proposition; “Machines can think” Conscious experience is a widespread phenomenon, it occurs at many levels of animal life, though we cannot be sure of its presence in simple organisms, and it is very difficult to say in general what provides evidence of it. 2. Do you agree or disagree with this Statement? Fully articulate the philosophical issues involved. 3. “With the doubtful exceptions of idiot and infants in arms, every human being has both a body and a mind” Carefully articulate the problem of mind and body and explain what Gilbert Ryle meant by the above statement 4. How does Monism as a philosophical approach differ from Dualism? Discuss in some detail one Monistic theory to illustrate the difference in philosophical approach. 5. What do you understand by personal identity? Do the “Identity Theorists” advance our understanding of the problem?