70:374 Philosophy of Mind [Boult]

Prerequisite: Nil.

An introduction to theories of the mind and of the mind-body relation. Focus will be on 20th century theories, including behaviourism, functionalism, and cognitive science. We will discuss whether or not the mind is a distinct substance from the body, and, if not, whether or not it can be reduced to the body. The importance of perception and of language for the theory of mind will be emphasized. Readings will be a combination of material from an introductory text and recent influential articles on relevant topics.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Cameron Boult