PHIL 340.001 – Philosophy of Mind

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Instructor: Jim Pryor. This course meets MWF 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. via remote only instruction.

This course is a survey of central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind. We will consider:

* different accounts of the relation between minds and the physical world, including questions about whether computers could ever have thoughts or consciousness

* questions about how much our thoughts and experiences depend on the nature of our environments, and how much they’re determined by our own intrinsic make-up

* problems about how the mental causally interacts with the physical

Familiarity with formal logic will be useful in this course, though it is not required.

Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.