Associate Professor of Philosophy
She specializes in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology/cognitive science.
Her research currently focuses on affect (emotions and moods), but she is also interested in questions about consciousness, representation, music, and personal identity.
She has published in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology, and Mind and Language.
In addition to her primary research and teaching interests, Professor Sizer teaches topics in applied ethics; the philosophy of language; philosophy of biology; and the relationship between science and religion.
Professor Sizer is on the steering committee for the Culture, Brain, and Development Program at Hampshire College.
Philosophy of Mind investigates the relationship between minds and bodies and the nature of mental phenomena such as thoughts, desires, and qualia (qualitative states such as the experience of seeing red or tasting a peach). We will consider questions such as, what is the relationship between the mind and the brain? How are thoughts, sensations, emotions and consciousness related to and integrated with the activities of our brains and bodies? We will consider some historical responses to these issues, but will focus on contemporary philosophy of the mind. We will discuss the approaches of behaviorism, functionalism, mind-brain identity theory and embodied cognition. Students will write a series of short papers and one longer paper. Prerequisite: This course assumes a familiarity with the methods of philosophical inquiry and analysis and it is recommended that students have at least one prior course in philosophy. Students with a background in cognitive science or psychology are also welcome.