Mind Design

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Mind Design

Fall 2021

Taught By: Zed Adams

Section: A

CRN: 11077

Credits: 4

If you were going to build a mind from scratch, where would you start? What sort of mechanism would be the best model for designing something that is capable of thinking? In this course, we will examine three different mechanical models that have been historically and philosophically significant for thinking about how minds might work: clocks, computers, and robots. We will look in detail at the emergence of each of these three technologies, as well as the conceptual innovations that accompanied the emergence of these technologies. We will then look at how these conceptual innovations have been appropriated by philosophers as models for how minds do (or don’t) work. The course is both an introduction to the philosophy of mind and an introduction to the history of technology. The overarching goal of the course is to explore the manifold ways in which our self-understanding is transformed by the invention of new technologies.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 6:16am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 910

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021