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PHL325 Philosophy of Mind

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Themes to be discussed are the nature of mind, the argument between materi­alists and non-materialists, artificial intelligence, and the resistance of mental states such as beliefs, intentions, values, norms, thoughts, perceptions, and judg­ments to physical interpretation. Positions canvassed will be chosen from the following: dualism, behaviourism, identity theory, and functionalism. Special consideration will be given to philosophers (like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wittgen­stein) mindful of how traditional theory distorts our ability to appreciate the elusive “nature” of mind.