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PHIL 551A 002 (Web-Oriented Course)

Philosophy of Mind - PHIL OF MIND

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 04, 2021 to Apr 08, 2021)


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 15, 2021
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
March 05, 2021

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
2 Wed14:0017:00
Instructor: MARGOLIS, ERIC


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:14
Currently Registered:11
General Seats Remaining:14
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  Permission is required to take this course for students who are not members of the Philosophy graduate program. Please e-mail Dr. Margolis for further information. What underlies our ability to acquire the rich and varied concepts that structure how we think about the world? Do human conceptual capacities largely trace back to a powerful form of general intelligence? Or do they depend in part on innate special-purpose psychological systems for thinking in specific types of ways? This seminar will explore the latter (nativist) approach to the origins of concepts. We will discuss different interpretations of the nativist position and how it relates to debates about nature-nurture and debates about what it might mean to say that a trait is innate. We will also examine a surprisingly large number of arguments that factor into the case for a nativist approach, while taking up a variety of important case studies (for example, the origins of such concepts&~ as 'belief,' 'cause,' and 'number'). COVID-19 notice: In the event that this course has to take place online, it will still be organized as a seminar with the usual focus on class discussion and student presentations, using Zoom or an equivalent video conference tool.

Book Summary :
Information for the books required for this section is not available.