PHIL 340.001 – Philosophy of Mind

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Instructor: Jim Pryor. This course meets MW 10:10 – 11:25 a.m. in CW 213.

Course website: http://mind.jimpryor.net/

Description (copied from website): This course is a survey of central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind. We will consider:

* how can we tell whether animals and future computers have minds, or whether they’re instead just mindless automata? how can we tell that other people have minds?

* 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

 

Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.