Philosophy of Mind|
Fall 2009 not offered
This course will examine several questions about the nature of the mind, such as the relationship between mind and body, the ontological status of the mind, and the nature of our access to mental states. Twentieth-century approaches to the mind, including behaviorism, reductive and eliminative materialism, functionalism, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science, will be examined against a backdrop of Cartesian assumptions about the nature of the mind and our ways of knowing it.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Historical and contemporary readings: Descartes, Carnap, Putnam,.Secr'e, Chelmers and others.
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Two take-home exams.
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Students will normally be required to have taken one previous course in philosophy, except for majors in PSYC, NS&B, SISP or COMP. Some background in philosophical issues and argumentation will be assumed. Students who are interested in cognitive science and related areas in psychology, linguistics and computer science, but have no background in philosophy, may take the course, but should be prepared to work at a relatively advanced level.
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