Middlebury

PHIL 0252

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Mind
What is the nature of the mind, and how does it relate to the body and the physical world? Could computers ever think? Do animals have mental and emotional lives? This course will explore several of the major recent philosophical conceptions of the mind. A central focus will be on evaluating various attempts to explain the mind in purely physical terms, including the project of artificial intelligence (AI). Can these theories give us a complete understanding of the mind? Other key questions will include: What is the nature of thought, and how is it capable of representing the world? What is consciousness, and can it be explained physically? 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
PHL
Equivalent Courses:
PHIL 0352

Sections

Fall 2018

PHIL0252A-F18 Lecture (Spackman)

Spring 2018

PHIL0252A-S18 Lecture (Spackman)
PHIL0252Y-S18 Discussion (Spackman)
PHIL0252Z-S18 Discussion (Spackman)

Spring 2017

PHIL0252A-S17 Lecture (Spackman)
PHIL0252Y-S17 Discussion (Spackman)
PHIL0252Z-S17 Discussion (Spackman)