PHIL205 - Mind, Body and Consciousness
Prerequisites 10 cp from 100-level unit in Philosophy
Teaching Organisation This unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, online learning, video-conferencing, or supervision. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.
This unit examines philosophical problems about the nature of the mind, its relationship to the body, and its place in the world. In examining both classical and modern conceptions of soul and mind, and contemporary insights of cognitive science, students examine questions concerning the nature of selfhood, the (ir)reducibility of consciousness to neuro-physiology, and various issues raised by emerging technologies that raise profound questions about the nature and possibilities of mind.