PHIL 101H.001 – Honors: Introduction to Philosophy: Central Problems, Great Minds, Big Ideas
Instructor: Jim Pryor. This course meets MW 3:35 – 4:50 p.m. in GM 038.
This course will be an introduction to philosophy in the analytic tradition, by focusing on a few representative issues:
- How can we tell whether animals and future computers have “minds” — that is, their own thoughts, experiences, ambitions, self-awareness, and so on — or whether they’re instead just mindless automata?
- Relations between minds, brains, and machines: Are your mind and body made of different stuffs? If a machine duplicates the neural structure of your brain, would it have the same thoughts and other mental states that you have?
- What does it take to have free will? Is this incompatible with one’s choices being programmed or physically determined?
The course will place a strong emphasis on learning how to read philosophical texts and how to evaluate and produce philosophically compelling arguments. The format will vary between lectures and in-class group discussion.
Honors course enrollment and wait list procedures are located here. Please direct all registration questions to Jenn Marshburn (email@example.com), Enrolled Student Services Coordinator for Honors Carolina.