Minds, brains and related philosophical headaches
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related philosophical questions.
This course has now started
Course Code: HP162
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course looks at key issues in the philosophy of mind, arguably the most happening area in contemporary philosophy. For a good and entertaining “trailer”, watch Ken Campbell’s (1996) “Brainspotting” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXncz-9l7go , 2.5 hours).
What will we cover?
Dualism, behaviourism, the identity theory, functionalism, eliminativism and fictionalism, the computational theory of mind, content, mental causation, consciousness.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Appreciate some of the problems that afflict our understanding of the nature of mind and key strategies for dealing with them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. However, the issues are not simple; a keen interest and readiness to face an intellectual challenge (in class and at home) are important.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For ease in orientation, the course is structured around a book (see 6 below). Each week we will discuss issues (analyse arguments) raised in a section of the book and/or in other texts (to be provided).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should have regular access to the following book:
Ian Ravenscroft. Philosophy of mind. A beginner’s guide. Oxford university press, 2005.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see City Lit's website for full details of upcoming philosophy courses in 2021-22.