PHIL 340.001 – Philosophy of Mind

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Instructor: William G. Lycan. This course meets TR 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. in CW 105.

What are minds and how are they related to bodies? We shall examine four answers to that question, the standard competing theories of mind: Dualism, Behaviorism, the Identity Theory, and Functionalism. Then we shall take up some special topics: problems of the “aboutness” of mental states, their having distinctive objects or contents; and problems of consciousness, subjectivity, and the qualitative character of sensory experience.