PHIL878B     Intentionality of Mental States
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Georges Rey
Room:SKN 1116
Meeting Times:4:30pm - 7:00pm

"Original" intentionality, or the "aboutness" of mental states (as opposed to the "derived" intentionality of natural language) is the object of much contention not only in philosophy, but in (psycho-)linguistics, cognitive psychology, vision theory and theories of animal navigation.  We'll be looking at both what different theorists claim about the notion, as well as what notion is required by their or others' empirical explanations of, e.g., early vision, language perception and acquisition, and animal navigation.  Readings from the work of, e.g., Charles Gallistel, Tyler Burge, Noam Chomsky, Zenon Pylyshyn, Jerry Fodor, John Collins and Peter Carruthers.