Philosophy 4941 section 1, Fall 2006 
Philosophy of Mind. Topic- Anti-Realisms about Belief (Dennett, Rorty, Stich)
Room: 225 Coates
Time: 1:40-3:00 T TH
Professor: Jon Cogburn 
Professor's Office: 312 Coates 
Professor's Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:15-4:45
Professor's e-mail: 
Final Exam time: Wednesday, December 13, 10:00-12:00

NOTE: If professor is not in class by 1:55, then assume class has been cancelled that day.  I will do everything in my power to let you know ahead of time if this should occur, but if not, just wait out the fifteen minutes and then go about your day.  That is, please do not go to the philosophy department administrative assistants asking them what's going on (they work extraordinarily hard, and these things can be the proverbial straws that break the camel's back).

Graduate student and undergraduate student essays will be placed in separate piles and graded separately.

For information on plagiarism, go to the LSU Dean of Students website.


Daniel Dennett, The Intentional Stance.
Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature.
Stephen Stich, Deconstructing the Mind.
All texts available in the LSU Bookstore.


9 Short Papers Each is worth 6% of the final grade (there are 11 assigned; the student's grade will be based on the top 9 turned in, for a possible full 54% of the final grade).

These papers should be from around 2 to 5 pages long. In them, the student should: (a) state and explain the substantive philosophical conclusions of the passage, (b) give a very brief overview what evidence and arguments the author gives for these claims, (c) if the author draws interesting conclusions from his substantive claims, present the conclusions and the reasoning that the author gives from the claims to the conclusions, (d) evaluate the author's arguments, and (e) draw any substantive conclusions of your own.

Late Paper Policy Papers are to be turned into the professor at the beginning of class on the day due.  Papers will not be accepted over e-mail, at the professor's house, or in his box (this is now a legal requirement).  Late papers can be put under the professor's office door with a note stating when it was turned in.  This material is hard and cumulative.  It is vitally important that the students keep up.  Therefore, for every day late, 5 points (out of a total 100) will be subtracted from the grade with no distinction made between excused and unexcused absences.  If the student has so many excused absences that this impacts their grade, then the professor will help the student petition for a withdrawal from the class.

Long Paper (Due during final exam time) Worth 35% of final grade.  10-20 pages.  In class we will extensively discuss student's paper topics.

All papers must fulfill a number of formatting requirements:  (1) They must be justified on both sides with one inch margins, (2) they must be typed in 12 point Times or 12 point Times-Roman font, (3) page numbers must be centered at the bottom of the page, (4) papers must be double spaced (with the exception of cited material that is longer than two lines which must be single spaced, indented on both sides, as well as justified on both sides), (5) papers must be printed out with either an ink jet or laser printer, (6) papers must be stapled together (do not use binders or folders of any sort), and (7) student’s name and the date must be at the top right hand corner of the first page. 

Participation Worth 10% of final grade, a function of attendance, being prepared in class, and amount of discussion.

Lagniappe- 1% free.

Week 1.................

Tuesday, Aug. 29 
Thursday, Aug. 31.....
Dennett (hereafter "D"), essay 2

Week 2.................

Tuesday, Sept. 5
essay 1 on D2 and D3 due at beginning of class
D, 3
Thursday, Sept. 7
essay 2 on D4 due at beginning of class
D, 4 

Week 3.................

Tuesday, Sept. 12
D, 5
Thursday, Sept. 14
D, 5

Week 4.................

Tuesday, Sept. 19
essay 3 on D5 and D6 due
D, 6


Thursday, Sept. 21
Rorty (hereafter "R"), chapter I

Week 5................

Tuesday, Sept. 26
R, I
Thursday, Sept. 28

Week 6.................

Tuesday, Oct. 3 
essay 4 on RI and RII due at beginning of class
Thursday, Oct. 5

Week 7.................

Tuesday, Oct. 10
essay 5 on RIII due at beginning of class
Thursday, Oct. 12
essay 6 on RIII and RIV due at beginning of class

Week 8.................

October 16-21 Midsemester examination period
Tuesday, Oct. 17
R, V
Thursday, Oct. 19

Week 9.................

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Midsemester grades due in Office of the University Registrar by noon.
Thursday, Oct.26
essay 7 on RV and RVI due at beginning of class

Week 10.................

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Thursday, Nov. 2

Week 11.................

Tuesday, Nov. 7
essay 8 on RVII and RVIII due at beginning of class
Thursday, Nov. 9
Stich (hereafter "S"), essay I

Week 12.................

Tuesday, Nov. 14
S, I 
Thursday, Nov. 16
S, I

Week 13.................

Tuesday, Nov. 21
essay 9 on SI due at beginning of class
S, I
Thursday, Nov. 23

Week 14.................

Tuesday, Nov. 28
Thursday, Nov. 30
essay 10 on SIII & IV due at beginning of class

Week 15 .................

Tuesday, Dec. 5
 S, V
Thursday, Dec. 7
essay 11 on SI due at beginning of class


(grades due for degree candidates- Monday. Sept. 18th 9:00 AM; for non-degree candidates, Tuesday Sept. 19th, 9:00 AM)

Final Exam time: Wednesday, December 13, 10:00-12:00