PHL212 Intro to Philosophy of Mind

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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 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide).

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31135 Web


From June 22 through August 29, 2020
Textbooks for CRN 31135
Instructor: Steve T Jolin
Tuition: credit Fees: $20
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4289.

Course details: CRN 31135

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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, in some traditional but also many new ways. For example, do our minds have any reality that's not finally reducible to our physical selves? Is the language of physics enough for describing body and mind entirely?  Are there reasons to think we are, or are not, existing in a simulation like The Matrix?  Could there be a form of artificial intelligence that would be functionally no different than our minds? Greater than our minds?  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 our physical selves 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 study in this class too. I look forward to seeing you online! Steve Jolin, Ph.d., Department of Philosophy, PCC.

A note on the required textbook. You'll need the texbook, Philosophy of Mind--A Guide and Anthology, by John Heil, immediately. There will be an important assignment from the book starting the first day of class. It's an excellent collection of original texts by philosophers of mind, with valuable introductory and explanatory material by John Heil. Fortunately, the book is not too expensive for all that it does.  It's priced new in the range of $42 to $95, and is available used from a variety of sources for about $21 to about $75. The book can also be rented quite inexpensively. You can check out some of these sources at the PCC Bookstore website, or on the Amazon site: It is always a good idea to search the Internet generally for available sources.


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