PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
1. Knowledge and comprehension of in¬de-pendent technical development in the Philo¬sophy of Science and the Mind
2. Understanding the interaction between philo¬sophical and scientific approaches both in traditional and contemporary re-search.
3. 4. 5. Improve abstract and conceptual clarity by encouraging class discussion.
Course contents summary
The similarity of the computational process to human thinking is not lost on the present generation. Yet we are far from having a satisfactory computational theory of our mental processes involving both objective and subjective experience.In this course we shall examine how various problems in the computational theory of the mind have been discussed by such authors as Turing, Nagel, Searle, Dennett, Boden and Sloman. The course is comprehensive of a seminar on the Turing test.
Students who cannot attend classes will negotiate a program with the teacher before the summer exam session. The others will see the necessary bibliography during lectures.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral final exam.