Phil 102A S16 F: Exam 2 Study Guide

The Exam will take about two hours. I will provide all the paper, you will need to bring something to write with. Pen or pencil is fine. For the Exam you should know the following:

Part I: Fill-in-the-Blank. You should know the definitions of the following vocabulary terms. A word bank will be provided on the exam. 
  • Materialism
  • Idealism
  • Dualism
  • Monism
  • Pluralism
  • Cartesian Dualism
  • Substance Dualism
  • Property Dualism
  • Epiphenomenalism
  • Interactionist Property Dualism
  • Reductionism
  • qualia
  • Turing Machine
  • Atman
  • Brahman
  • Maya
  • Anatman
Part II: Short Answer. You should be able to explain the following:
  • Descartes' Cogito Argument.
  • Descartes' account of Thinking Things and Extended Substances.
  • A "Category Mistake" and how this applies to dualism.
  • The different kinds of dualism.
  • The four arguments in support of Dualism and Churchland's responses.
  • Churchland's three arguments against dualism.
  • Nagel's attack on reductionism.
  • The difference between Strong and Weak Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Turing Test.
  • The Chinese Room Argument.
  • Montero's account of the "Body Problem."
  • The differences and similarities between the Hindu and Buddhist conceptions of the self.
  • The Hindu argument for Atman.
  • The meaning of the idea that "Atman is Brahman."
  • The five processes that make-up the Buddhist conception of the self. 
Part III: Essay. You should be prepared to write an essay in which you relate the film AI: Artificial Intelligence to two of the authors we have studied. You should be particularly focused on the question of whether or not David is truly in love, or merely simulating it. The essay should be 1-2 pages long.