Mind-Dependent Artifacts: Artifact-Dependent Minds

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Mind-Dependent Artifacts
Fall 2023
Taught By: Paul Kottman and Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 15634

Credits: 0

Artifacts are a primary object of study in the humanities. They are products and, thus, manifestations of human thought, action, and self-determination without which they cannot be understood. At the same time, human mindedness depends on artifacts, and as well as other objects – a dependence that is manifest in the form of artifacts. Human mindedness and the reality of artifacts are therefore intertwined in complex ways. Our Fall institute meeting 2023 Institute will consider ways in which human mindedness and the reality of artifacts are dialectically intertwined. Of special interest will be automatically or mechanically produced artifacts, and AI systems as artifacts that are neither inert causal models of human thinking nor independently minded entities. The ontology of such products thus needs to be calibrated in light of their contribution to the deep diversity of the mutual dependence of mindedness and artifacts. Some questions our seminar will address include: How do AI-research and AI-systems structure and restructure the historical, diverse articulation of human mindedness? How does our understanding of these and other artifacts shape our self-conception at the most fundamental level? We will explore these issues in the ontology, epistemology, and humanistic study of AI and other artifacts together with distinguished keynote speakers which include Cameron Buckner, David Chalmers (who will give the Forum Humanum Lecture), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Nandi Theunissen, and Kalindi Vora. IPNH co-directors Markus Gabriel, Paul Kottman and Zed Adams will also present lectures.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (LBS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 6

Add/Drop Deadline: September 10, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: September 15, 2023 (Friday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:58pm EST 12/5/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Times: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: L102
Date Range: 9/11/2023 - 9/15/2023