The course aims to consolidate two main fundamental objectives, aligned with the general aims of the Master in Language and Mind:
(1) providing an overview of the contemporary studies in analytic philosophy about human psychology;
(2) offering an in-depth view of a peculiar psychological phenomenon, namely “inner speech”.
In order to achieve objective (1) we will make use of the excellent second edition (2020) of the "The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology" (eds. Sarah Robins, John Symons, and Paco Calvo), which offers an up-to-date and quite exhaustive collection of 48 chapters on the main research topics in philosophy of psychology, contributed by major contemporary analytic philosophers.
"Inner Speech. New voices", edited by Peter Langland-Hassan and Augustín Vicente will be instead the book which will take us into the domain of objective (2).
Here is the detailed contents of our 20 classes (2 hours each).
THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHOLOGY
Class 1: The rationalist and empiricist roots of modern psychology (ch. 1 & 2, The Routledge Companion)
Class 2: Early experimental psychology and Freud’s unconscious (ch. 3 & 4, The Routledge Companion), part 1
Class 3: Early experimental psychology and Freud’s unconscious (ch. 3 & 4, The Routledge Companion), part 2
Class 4: Behaviourism and Cognitivism (ch. 6 & 7, The Routledge Companion).
Class 5: The nature of psychological explanation and “folk psychology” (ch. 8 & 9, The Routledge Companion).
Class 6: Computational functionalism and the interface between psychology and neurosciences (ch. 10 & 11, The Routledge Companion).
Class 7: Connectionism, embodied cognition and the extended mind (ch. 12 & 13, The Routledge Companion).
COGNITION AND REPRESENTATION
Class 8: Mental representation and the language of thought (ch. 15 & 17, The Routledge Companion).
Class 9: Modularity and Nativism (ch. 18, & 19, The Routledge Companion).
Class 10: Memory and propositional imagination (ch. 20 & 22, The Routledge Companion).
Class 11: Consciousness and attention (ch. 33 & 34, The Routledge Companion).
Class 12: Introspection and emotion (ch. 35 & 37, The Routledge Companion).
Class 13: Vision and audition (ch. 38 & 40, The Routledge Companion).
Class 14: Action, mind, and confabulation (ch. 42 & 45, The Routledge Companion) + SESSION ON PHILOSOPHICAL WRITING.
THE NATURE OF INNER SPEECH
Class 15: Inner speech: causes, contents and internalization of outer speech (ch. 1 & 2, Inner Speech. New Voices).
Class 16: Inner speech between auditory experience and mental imagination (ch. 3 & 4, Inner Speech. New Voices)
Class 17: Cognitive neuroscience on inner speech and inner speech as pristine experience (ch. 5 & 6, Inner Speech. New Voices)
INNER SPEECH, SELF-REFLECTION, AND SELF-KNOWLEDGE
Class 18: Inner speech and thought (ch. 7 & 8, Inner Speech. New Voices)
Class 19: The pitfalls of inner speech and knowing oneself (ch. 9 & 10, Inner Speech. New Voices)
Class 20: The self-reflective functions of inner speech and its pathologies (ch. 11 & 12, Inner Speech. New Voices)