Consciousness, Agency & the Self (PHIL40010)
Credits 7.5 Subject Philosophy
Level 4 School Philosophy
Semester   Information Semester One Module Coordinator Dr Markus Schlosser

This course covers central issues in the philosophy of mind and action. We begin with a brief overview of the main positions on the mind-body problem: dualism, physicalism, and functionalism. Then we turn to questions and theories about consciousness: the "hard problem" of consciousness, philosophical theories, scientific theories, conscious agency and free will. In the final part we turn to the notion of the self. We consider accounts of the "minimal self" and the "narrative self". We investigate the role of the self in agency, and we look at the Buddhist doctrine of "no-self".

Curricular information is subject to change