We will review philosophy of mind as it developed through the relatively recent history of philosophy, beginning with Descartes and moving forward to the present day. You will be acquainted with the philosophical problems surrounding the brain and the person, and you will be challenged to consider different positions regarding self, identity, personhood, behaviour, and cognition. We will talk about what makes you you, and whether/how you remain you despite changing over your life; how to differentiate between the you that picks things up and bumps into tables and the you that intends and desires; and how we make sense of physical actions that seem to be the product of thoughts. Finally, you will be introduced to the debates active today and the approaches taken by significant figures in the development of philosophy of mind.
By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Identify philosophical problems of the brain and the person
- Discuss different position about behaviour, cognition, self and identity
- Discuss current philosophical debates of the mind and the brain