Mind and science 2019

Introductory lectures on philosophy of mind and philosophy of science for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme in the Brain and Mind Sciences, University of Crete, March 2019.

The exam for this course will last 3 hours and will have 3 parts, each of which counts for 1/3 of the total marks (not 30%, 30%, %40, as previously announced):

  • Part 1: Answer 10 short questions (out of 15) on lectures 1-3.
  • Part 2: Answer 10 short questions (out of 15) on lectures 4-6.
  • Part 3: Write a short essay on any aspect of the lectures.

Each question in Parts 1 and 2 carries equal marks. The essay in Part 3 should show evidence of having done some independent thinking (including adopting and defending a view) and independent reading (drawing on the references given in the lectures).

Number all answers carefully. Divide your time sensibly. Good luck!

Below are copies of the slide presentations from my lectures. Note: The presentations contain various images, linked videos, and quotations. I believe my use of these counts as ‘fair use’ (if the material is not already in the public domain), but if anyone feels that their copyright has been infringed, please contact me and I will remove the relevant material immediately.

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Lecture 1 (15/03/19): The immaterial mind

(i) The problems of the mind (ii) Minds as souls

Lecture 2 (18/03/19): The material mind

(i) Bahviourism (ii) Identity theory

Lecture 3 (20/03/19): The mechanical mind

(i) Computationalism (ii) Mental content (iii) Eliminativism

Lecture 4 (22/03/19): Consciousness as immaterial

(i) The hard problem (ii) Property dualism (iii) Varieties of property dualism

Lecture 5 (26/03/19): Consciousness as material

(i) Against property dualism (ii) Explaining consciousness (iii) Illusionism

Lecture 6 (27/03/19): Philosophy of science

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