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Course: Philosophy of Mind (Philosophy, junior honours)

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This course charts the attempts in philosophy, psychology and cognitive science since the beginning the of 20th century to develop an alternative conception of the mind to Cartesian Dualism: one that is naturalistic, scientifically tractable and philosophically satisfactory. The discussion begins with Behaviourism, moving through early physicalist Identity Theories and recent forms of Functionalism. Along the way, such topics are explored as thought, subjectivity, qualia, mental causation, the analogy between mind and computer, and the dependence of thought-content on the environment.