PHI6020  Philosophy of Mind

Outline:

The course will introduce students to some of the fundamental issues and theories that have dominated contemporary Philosophy of Mind. How is it that human beings, and perhaps other animals, are able to have conscious experiences? How is that we are able to represent the world to ourselves in thought? What is the relation between the mind and the brain? We'll look at a variety of answers to these questions and examine the most important theories that contemporary philosophers have to offer.

Preparatory readings

Students who have not taken Mind, Brain, & Personal Identity may find it useful to read Smith & Jones, The Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction, Part I.