2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

PHIL 20343 Mind, Consciousness, Self

This course explores several conceptions of mind, consciousness, and self within both the Western and Eastern traditions. These conceptions are similar in their rejection of the view that cognition and consciousness reside exclusively (or in any way) within a thinking substance or ego, or are somehow uniquely enskulled or brainbound. Topics we will consider include attention and awareness, extended cognition and mind, embodiment, situatedness, self-consciousness, interpersonal neurobiology, animal minds, neurotechnology, personal identity, boundaries of self, not-self or selflessness, the evolutionary self, and the ecological self.