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PHIL 250 Minds and Machines

Philosophical and theoretical issues that pertain to how mental phenomena fit into the material world. Examine questions such as whether a sophisticated enough computer should be deemed a conscious intelligent being. Focus on philosophical literature on consciousness, intelligence, animal minds, and the mind-body relation. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 250 or PHIL 150.

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Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 250 001Web-Oriented Course1 Mon Wed13:0016:00

Instructor: Alexandre Duval

Course Description: What is a human mind? In an attempt to answer this question, many philosophers and cognitive scientists maintain that the human mind is, in some important sense, a computer. In this course, we will introduce and assess this view. In particular, we will try to figure out to which extent this seemingly metaphorical claim can help us explain how humans think, feel, and apprehend the world. This will then lead us to explore questions as to whether machines can have minds too, and whether they can be conscious. There are no prerequisites for this course and no prior experience with philosophy will be assumed.

FullPHIL 250 002Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu10:0013:00