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    Otterbein University
  Jan 18, 2018
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHIL 3200 - Metaphysics/Philosophy of Mind

Hours: 4
This course is centered not on particular philosophers from history, but rather on various key issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. Topics in metaphysics to be discussed may include the nature of properties, the nature of physical things, causation, the nature of time and change, identity, free will, modality, and cosmology. When it comes to the philosophy of mind, we shall think about the following questions: What is the relationship between minds and bodies? Can an adequate account of the mind be given in completely physicalist, or materialist, terms? What is the nature of the emotions? What are the distinctive features of a mind? Is artificial intelligence possible? Do other creatures besides humans have minds? What is the nature of consciousness? Competence and familiarity with these issues is essential for a well-rounded philosophical education.
Notes: Paired with INST 4200 or PSYC 3710 to fulfill the dyad requirement.