|Nature of Mind
This course will serve as an introduction to the fundamental questions in the philosophy of mind, as well as to philosophical thinking in general.
We will be addressing such questions as: What is a mind, and what is it to have particular mental states, such as beliefs or conscious experiences? How do we know about our minds and the minds of others? What is the self, what it is to be the same person over time, and what importance does this question have? These questions will lead us to the question of how our minds relate to our bodies, and how scientific research in psychology and neuroscience should inform our thinking about ourselves.
Readings will include Descartes, Turing, Ryle, Searle, Dennett, Nagel, Smart, Jackson, Parfit, Strawson, and others.