My Brain Hurts: An Intro to the Philosophy of Mind

Ref: C3530662

Currently the philosophy of mind is the largest growing area of academic and professional philosophy. From artificial intelligence and cognitive science to the mysteries of consciousness, memory, identity and mind/matter interaction are all fundamentally dealt with in the philosophy of mind. On this course we will not only look at some of the classical theories of mind that have their roots in antiquity (e.g., materialism vs. immaterialism, monism vs dualism), but more contemporary takes from 'moral' software programming in driver-less cars, to the controversial ideas that a scientific theory of consciousness is not possible and that humans and non-human animals are fundamentally different i.e., only humans have 'minds'.

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver is available for this course

Course aim

An introduction to the philosophy of mind, its core concepts, theories and methods.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain at least one position in the philosophy of mind
  • Evaluate and critique at least one position in the philosophy of mind
  • Use technical vocabulary correctly

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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My Brain Hurts: An Intro to the Philosophy of Mind

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