Office hours (HH368): Monday, 1-2; Friday, 1:30-2:30; and by appointment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: extension 3594.
Web page: http://cogsci.uwaterloo.ca/courses/phil680.html
Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30, HH 357.
Textbook: A. Mele and P. Rawling, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Rationality.
Assignments: Marks will be based on:.
A final mark for both 680A and 680B will be assigned in April, 2006.
There will be extensive discussion: students should do the assigned readings before the relevant class.
Description: This course is concerned with fundamental questions concerning
the nature of reason, including theoretical rationality (what to believe) and
practical rationality (what to do). The purpose of the course is not only to
investigate an important philosophical problem, but also to help students acquire
professional skills such as planning projects, making presentations, and developing
a research program.
Readings for Fall, 2005:
|4||Oct. 4||5-6||Hume & Kant|
|5||Oct. 11||8-10||Decision theory|
Readings for Winter, 2006: TBA.
This term will combine discussion of a few more chapters from the Handbook, presentations by faculty members, and student presentations.
Reason and rationality
Why be rational?
These notes will appear weekly.
Week 1: Introduction.
Week 2: Theoretical rationality.
Week 3: Practical rationality.
Week 4: Hume and Kant.
Week 5. Decision theory.
Week 6. Emotions.
Week 7. Rules
Week 8: Irrationality
Week 9: Psychology.
Week 10: Gender.
Week 11. Language.
Week 12. Science.
From the Faculty of Arts:
All students registered in the courses of the Faculty of Arts are expected to know what constitutes an academic offense, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for their academic actions. When the commission of an offense is established, disciplinary penalties will be imposed in accord with Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline). For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students are directed to consult the summary of Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline) which is supplied in the Undergraduate Calendar (p.1:11). If you need help in learning how to avoid offenses such as plagiarism, cheating, and double submission, or if you need clarification of aspects of the discipline policy, ask your course instructor for guidance. Other resources regarding the discipline policy are your academic advisor and the Undergraduate Associate Dean.
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 28, 2005.