Topic: The Mind-Body Problem
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How could a thought possibly move a body? Or could actually a body move a thought? Although the relation of body and mind had been discussed since the beginning of philosophy, the mind-body-problem originated only with the principle of inertia and modern mechanics. Philosophers since the 17th century tried to solve this problem. Is our body a machine? Can our soul direct it? The crucial question of the possibility of free will depends on the solution of this problem. Philosophy had almost given up and tried to ignore the problem for the last 150 years. With the recent success of neuroscience, the mind-body-problem is back on the table though and with it the discussion about free will.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- Materialism and the Mind-Body Problem. ISBN: 9780872204782.A Reader at about $ 12 with the necessary texts will be provided.
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|Regular and casual quizzes about the reading assignments||30%|
|Active class participation||20%|
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