[PHIL 241] Minds, Brains, and Bodies


The human mind may be the last great mystery of the physical world–the thing that sets us apart from other animals and seems to defy physical law. In fact, consciousness holds the special title of “The Hard Problem.” Traditional philosophy of mind examines the mind-body problem, usually as it has been conceived and explored through analytic philosophy. This course looks at those texts that have defined and shaped the field historically, while including texts from other philosophical traditions that have only recently changed how the mind-body problem is understood. These include texts from phenomenologists, pragmatists, and linguists, among others. We survey many authors and perspectives, while remaining grounded in the classical texts of the field.

Course Title

Minds, Brains, and Bodies

Course Code

PHIL 241

Units

1

Fulfills Requirements

5T

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Philosophy 110 or 115.

Frequency

Offered even years, spring semester.

Cross-Lists

Also listed as Cognitive Science 241.

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