Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Introduces historical and contemporary thought in the philosophy of mind, considering traditional philosophical questions about the nature of the human person in the light of recent research in the cognitive sciences. Includes reading pertinent philosophical and related texts, and may involve museum and research facility field trips (except in online classes), the informal replication of experiments demonstrating interesting aspects of conscious experience, and the utilization of pertinent online, film, and other contemporary media accounts. Features texts from the literature of philosophy of mind, such as discussions of brains in vats, zombies, the plight of color-blind neuroscientists, and what it's like to be a bat. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).

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4.00
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CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
 
14708 Web 09-Jan-2017 thru 25-Mar-2017
Instructor: Steve T Jolin
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4289.
 

Course details: CRN 14708

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Instructor comments:

Welcome, dear student of philosophy. Be ready for a fascinating journey of discovery! Philosophy of Mind might be called something like Bodies, Minds and Souls. It is a course that takes up the enduring philosophical investigation into the nature of the human person. For example, do what we call our minds have any reality that's not finally reducible to our physical selves? Could there be a form of artificial intelligence that would be functionally no different than our minds? Greater than our minds? Hmmmm . . . We start with the ancient Greek thinkers, and then focus mainly on modern and contemporary philosophers. Of course, these days it is the brain we think of as the part of the body most intimately associated with the mind. So contemporary philosophy of mind, like psychology and other disciplines, is significantly driven by all the sophisticated work that is being done in neuro-science, along with explorations in artificial intelligence. That will form the background of our investigations too. I'm much looking forward to seeing you online! Steve Jolin, Ph.d., Department of Philosophy, PCC.

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