|The Nature of Mind
This course is designed as an introduction to the philosophical study of the mind, and also as an introduction to philosophy for those who have not studied it before. We will investigate a variety of questions, such as: What is a mind? Can the mental be explained simply in terms of brain processes? What is involved in having beliefs, desires, and other mental states that are directed towards the world? How does perception put us in touch with the world? Students will learn to critically read philosophical texts, identify and analyze arguments, evaluate various philosophical views, and will be expected to demonstrate their understanding in discussion and written work.