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Body and Mind - PHL262

This unit explores the relationship between the body and the mind. It introduces students to the central issues in contemporary philosophy of psychology, focusing on the issue of whether the mind can be incorporated into the scientific picture of the world. The first part of the unit consists of a survey of competing philosophical theories of the mind: dualism, behaviourism, the identity theory, and functionalism. The second half consists of a discussion of some topical issues in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. What is consciousness? Is a physical theory of consciousness possible? What is the role of the body in cognitive processes? How does pathology shed light on the nature of the mind?

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (On-campus sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Mr Alexander Gillett

(12cp at 100 level or above) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHIL262, PHI220, PHIX262
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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