Discussion and critical examination of philosophical issues relating to the nature of the mind and to the possibility of artificial minds and artificial persons. Topics to be covered include thought, perception and intentionality, consciousness, the nature and theoretical limits of computation, animal minds, affect and emotion, freedom and mechanism, personal identity, function, teleology and the nature of interpersonal relationships. Readings will include both philosophical writings and fictional explorations of some of the philosophical themes covered. Springs. (TECO)
*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.