This course gives students an overview of Western attempts to theorize reality: to distinguish between real and imaginary and to account for what must exist and why. Covered will be the emergence of concepts such as ontology, free will and determinism, causality, and materiality versus ideality. The mutual implications of metaphysics with religion, science, and historical thinking will also be addressed. Earlier ideas of God, the soul, and laws of nature will be linked to 21st Century conceptions of the mind and machine intelligence. Core questions include, What is the mind? What does it mean to be human?, and Are humans part of the order of nature or somehow exceptional?.
3 lecture hours per term, one term
Transfer Equivalents: Look up 70:262 in the BU Course Transfer Database.