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|Title:||PHIL 260-01, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Fall 2004|
|Authors:||Talero, Maria L.|
|Series/Report no.:||Syllabi CRN|
|Abstract:||We will begin the class by acquainting ourselves with the range of phenomena that fall within the domain of mind and consciousness, and then we will turn to the difficult task of defining consciousness in precise philosophical terms, and assessing the implications of our definitions. We will be led through our study to identify a range of philosophical problems to which the fact of consciousness gives rise: is the mind identical with the brain? is consciousness a private affair? do we need the concept of consciousness at all, or is it some sort of philosophical mistake? A consideration of these questions will take us through some of the most influential philosophical positions in classical and contemporary philosophy of mind. As well as allowing us to develop greater insight into these specific questions, our study will also lead us to consider what difference a proper understanding of consciousness can (or should) make to how we live our lives. Our approach to consciousness will begin with the classic debate regarding mind-body dualism vs. reductionism, and our investigations will lead us from there into a broad range of considerations concerning the nature of meaning, of knowledge, of personal identity, and ultimately of mental health, of social and political life, and more.|
|Description:||This syllabus was submitted to the Rhodes College Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.|
|Appears in Collections:||Philosophy Department. Syllabi|
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