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PHIL 451 Philosophy of Mind

The nature of the mental and physical; the relation between minds and bodies; the character of psychological explanation.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: Either (a) PHIL 240 or (b) COGS 200. (If COGS 200, accompanied by 3 credits of PHIL at the 200-level or above.)

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 451 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu11:0012:30
PHIL 451 002Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

We will examine philosophical issues arising from cognitive science research on consciousness and the self. What is consciousness and how is it related to the brain, body, and physical world? Can consciousness be explained in physical terms? Can there be a scientific understanding of consciousness or will consciousness remain forever mysterious? Is there a self or is the self an illusion? Guided by these questions, we will examine consciousness and the sense of self across waking perception, dreaming, and deep sleep, as well as altered states such as lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and near-death experiences. We will also examine meditative states of consciousness and what meditative methods of training attention and awareness can tell us about consciousness and the self.

THIS COURSE WILL BE DELIVERED ASYNCHRONOUSLY THROUGH CANVAS. This means that there are no scheduled class meetings. Instead, the content will consist of remotely delivered modules, each of which will include a reading assignment, video and audio files, and lecture slides. We will use the Discussions tool in Canvas for discussion and questions arising about the class content.