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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 127 (GH) Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (3) Problems and concepts of mind and consciousness including mind-brain identification, the nature of subjectivity, identity, and artificial intelligence.

PHIL 127 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The course will provide a critical survey of key concepts, problems, and figures in the history of philosophy of mind and in contemporary studies in philosophy of mind. The course will develop analytical and critical skills through study of basic principles and logical evaluation of arguments in philosophy of mind. As a general education humanities course, this class develops a broad, coherent overview of the nature of mind, the relation of the mental to the physical, and the relations between scientific and philosophical approaches to the nature of mind; emphasizes the thought of major, influential figures and their works, such as Descartes, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Dewey, Heidegger, Wiftgenstein, Ryle, Searle, Armstrong, and Denneft; develops competence in interpretation and critical assessment of human values and their place in human subjectivity, self-identity, and intentional experience, and considers the relation of these values to cognitive experience and structures. Students will be graded on participation, three comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 127 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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