PHIL 207
Contemporary Philosophy of Mind Spring 2017
Division II Writing Skills
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The philosophy of mind has been one of the liveliest and most active areas of philosophical inquiry over the last century, and it has taken a place at the center of the field. Part of the explanation for this is the rise of compelling scientific accounts of who and what we are. The question of whether the mind can be fully understood within a physicalist, materialist framework has taken on an exciting urgency. In this course we will investigate the mind/body problem, mental representation, the conceptual and nonconceptual content of mental states, and the nature of consciousness. Throughout we will attend to the relevant empirical literature.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 14
Class#: 3784
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly two page papers on focused topics and two 8- to 10-page papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: at least one prior 100- or 200-level PHIL course
Enrollment Preferences: prospective Philosophy majors and Cognitive Science concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: COGS Interdepartmental Electives
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