The Chinese Room/Mind-Body Problem Assignment


The purpose of this assignment is to give you practice in identifying metaphysical questions (Identify and apply a variety of epistemological, metaphysical and ethical theory), differentiating between a rhetorically good argument and a rationally good one (Understand the difference between a rhetorically good argument and a rationally good argument), and being able to reconstruct arguments given by philosophers (Identify, reconstruct and evaluation arguments posed by philosophers) and to have you think about the philosophers which we have read and talked about (Socrates, Nagel)(Identify a variety of ancient, modern and/or contemporary philosophers).


Tim Crane in “The Mind-Body Problem” gives many different stances regarding the problem and their own problems. Choose one of those pairs (the stance and its problem), explain to me both and tell me why you think it is a problem or not a problem.

The point break-down is:

1. 5pts to choose a pair (make it obvious)

2. 5pts for explaining the stance

3. 5pts for explaining the problem given

4. 5pts for telling me why you think it is good or bad

Each of these should take you around a paragraph to answer. Each of them is worth 5pts. Since this is worth 20pts, this is worth 5% of your total grade.


To submit this assignment, I only accept .pdf, .doc, .odt, and .docx. I do not accept .pages. You can find where to submit in the upper right of this screen. As for all assignments in this class, the standard is Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced, 2-3 pages (that is, at least a few words onto the second page to the bottom of the third).