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Body and Mind - PHIX262

This unit explores the relationship between the body and the mind. It introduces students to the central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, 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 the nature of phenomenal (subjective) experience? What is consciousness? Is a physical theory of consciousness possible? What is the role of the body in cognitive processes?

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When Offered:

S1 OUA - Session 1, offered through Open Universities Australia

S2 OUA - Session 2, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Dr Jennifer Duke-Yonge



NCCW(s): PHI220, PHL262, PHIL262
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: OUA
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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