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PHIL 4431 Philosophy of Mind (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

What is the mind? Some of history’s most profound thinkers have attempted to answer this question, yet the nature of the mind remains elusive and hotly debated in contemporary philosophy. Can the mysteries of conscious experience be reconciled with a naturalistic, scientific world view? Is the mind really just a kind of computer, a machine made of meat? In this course, we will investigate what Francis Crick has called the Astonishing Hypothesis—“that "You," your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”


Instructor(s): Cherie McGill

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jun-15