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Carole J Lee
PHIL 463
Seattle Campus

Philosophy of Mind

Examination of current theories of the nature of the mind and mental processes.

Class description

This course will focus on the challenges faced in undertaking a science of consciousness that aims to integrate two seemingly immiscible domains of evidence: first-personal subjective experiences on the one hand, and third-personal data about behavior and brain processes on the other. We will consider the epistemic and explanatory gaps that seem to exist between these domains/levels; evaluate how these gaps challenge or support major reductive, eliminative, and non-reductive materialist theories of mind; and, contextualize how the philosophy of mind’s understanding of what would constitute an “explanation” for first-personal experiences has framed debates between competing theories of mind and mental content. TEXT: Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology, John Heil.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/01/2012