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PHIL 224 - Philosophy of Mind

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
This course is an introduction to contemporary philosophical work on mentality. How do we make sense of conscious beings and beings with thoughts in a world made of physical stuff? We focus first on the most up-to-date problems with physicalism, the thesis that everything that exists is physical, as well as physicalist responses to these problems. If physicalism fails, do we have to say that consciousness is a fundamental fiber in the fabric of the universe? Relatedly, can we make sense of thinking robots, conscious aliens, and ‘phenomenal zombies’? Is your phone part of your mind? Are some snails conscious? Students are encouraged to make use of multidisciplinary inquiry as they approach their own responses to these questions. Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa.

Prerequisite(s): A course in Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neurobiology is encouraged.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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