PHIL311

Meaning, Mind, and the Nature of Philosophy

30 points

Occurrences

Description

Do we think in words? If I say 'I'm in pain', do you really know what I mean? How can we talk about what doesn't exist - tomorrow, Harry Potter, or the possible world where you win $1 million on Lotto? Can machines have concepts? Could you have been born in a different hemisphere, with different parents and the opposite sex? Why does every attempt to solve a philosophical problem simply raise more problems, sometimes even worse ones? We look at central philosophical problems through the eyes of some of the greatest and most challenging philosophers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Pre-requisites

Any 30 points at 200 level from PHIL, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA or
the BSc.

Restrictions

PHIL464, PHIL497