Jan 17, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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PHIL 224 - Philosophy of Mind

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
This course is an introduction to contemporary philosophical work on mentality: what are minds, and what does it take to have a mind: are minds objects, abilities, processes, or properties? This course especially focuses on the most up-to-date problems with materialism, the thesis that everything that exists is physical and that therefore minds are material, as well as defenses of materialism. How do we make sense of conscious beings and beings with thoughts in a world made of matter? Relatedly, can we make sense of thinking robots, conscious aliens, and ‘phenomenal zombies’? One final segment of the course is devoted to one or two units chosen by class participants. In this course, students learn to read difficult philosophical texts, discuss them critically both verbally and in writing, and orient them in a wide landscape of thought that includes other disciplines and methodology. Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa.

Prerequisite(s): One course in Philosophy, Cognitive Science, or Psychology, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS



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