How is it possible that thoughts materialise in actions? How can we explain that material processes in the brain result in conscious mental states? These questions have been discussed since Descartes and this unit of study examines how the mind-body problem came into existence. We will also look at Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche and Kant and the answers they developed to deal with this problem. This unit provides students with an interest in contemporary philosophy of mind with an ideal grounding.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
3x500wd reading quizzes (30%), 1x1000wd presentation/discussion (25%), 1x500wd exercise "in your words" (15%), 1x1500wd project essay (30%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in PhilosophyProhibitions
PHIL3004 or PHIL2004