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PH20C — Philosophy of Mind

Course Outline

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An examination of major philosophic theories of the human mind. The traditional dualistic theory that the mind and body are distinctly different will be contrasted with contemporary logical behaviourism and with the modern materialist's theory that the mental can be explained in terms of brain states and brain functions. How are thoughts and sensations related to neurological processes? Could mental states be identical to brain states? What is animal intelligence? Is artificial intelligence? What is the place of holography in the understanding of mind?

Instruction

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Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Evaluation

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  • Compulsory tutorial attendance, participation and presentation. … … 10%
  • In-course essay … … 30%
  • One two-hour, essay – type Examination at end of course. … … 60%
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