This course aims at familiarizing students with seminal topics present in the contemporary philosophy of mind debate. The course will be divided into two parts. Part One will focus on the notion of consciousness as presented by such philosophers as Thomas Nagel, Daniel Dennett, David Chalmers, Paul Churchland, Sydney Shoemaker, Derek Parfit, Maria Schetchman, and Daniel Stoljar. In this part of the course, students will be exposed to the theory of qualia, the explanatory gap, the nature of intentionality, and reductionism with regards to personal identity. Part Two will deal with the theories surrounding the mind-body/mind-brain debate, namely dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, mental causation, and functionalism.
Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.