describe the Argument from Analogy solution to the problem of other minds, and explain the standard criticism of this argument. Is the Argument from Analogy that bad? Is there a better argument for how we know that other people have minds? Are you justified in concluding that other people have minds?
The major writing assignment for this course is an approximately 8-page paper (with ordinary margins and type, this should be around 1900-2500 pages).
Please include a word count. Please submit as a doc, docx, or pdf. I cannot open “pages” documents.
Your paper is an opportunity for you to do closer reading of the assigned texts, to insert yourself in one of the academic debates we’ve considered, and to weigh in in support of one view or another with reasons.
This is not a research assignment, in the ordinary sense. I am not asking you to find articles or books about these subjects. But you are welcome to do so. The leading online repository of online philosophy books and articles is philpapers.org, and it is searchable by topic, author and keyword. You can search topics like Chinese Room and Argument from Analogy and find many published works on the subject. Many of those should be accessible to you through our library subscriptions. You can also use the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (https://plato.stanford.edu/ (Links to an external site.)) and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (https://iep.utm.edu/ (Links to an external site.)) to find relevant articles and bibliographies. You might do a little of this just to jumpstart yourself on your topic. Remember to cite any sources on which you rely. I don’t care what style you use for citations.