Walter S. Clifton
Various theories of the nature of mind, the relationship between mind and body, the self, introspection, and knowledge of other minds.
(1) What connection does the mind have to the body? Is the mind just the brain? Is the mind an immaterial substance independent of the brain? Are there some properties of the mind that are not reducible to properties of the brain? What role does the functional organization of the brain have in an account of the mind? (2) What is the nature of human consciousness? This course will be divided into two parts: the first trying to answer questions such as those contained in (1), the second trying to answer the question in (2). The approach to answering these questions will be analytic in nature.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
At least one course in philosophy; PHIL 120 recommended
Class assignments and grading