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PPR204: Philosophy of Mind
Tutors: Vernon Pratt (Michaelmas); and Dr. Rachel Cooper (Lent)
We start by examining issues in the metaphysics of mind. What is the relation between mentality and life? How do mental states connect up with behaviour? Is the mind really just the brain? Is the mind a kind of computer? Do we think in a 'language of thought'? How do our thoughts manage to reach out to reality and be about anything? Can we explain consciousness? We then move on to epistemological issues: How can we gain knowledge of our own mental states, or of other people's? How should psychologists seek to investigate the mind? For the most part, this course will be structured around contemporary texts.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
D. Dennett Consciousness Explained.
W. Lyons Matters of the Mind.
J. Searle Minds, Brains and Science. Especially ch.1.
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