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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.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
weekly two page papers on focused topics and two 8- to 10-page papers
at least one prior 100- or 200-level PHIL course
prospective Philosophy majors and Cognitive Science concentrators
COGS Interdepartmental Electives
PHIL Contemp Metaphysics + Epistemology Courses