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Title: Contemporary Issues in Philosophy of Mind & Cognition
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Author: Dr. Rajakishore Nath Dr. Ranjan K.Panda
University: IIT Bombay
Type: WebLink
Abstract: We human beings are minded beings with several intrinsic features such as rationality, feelings, intentionality, subjectivity, freedom, etc. which make this conscious life significant.
It is philosophically essential to reflect on these human features and also reflect on other creatures and things that share the world with us. They also display intelligence and consciousness in their behaviour.
This course analyses how human mind is unique in comparison to chimpanzees or robots? Can mind be completely explained in scientific terms?
The contemporary issues in philosophy of mind and cognition focus on these questions with reference to the ontological, epistemological and ethical dimensions of human life.
It shows how traditional problems like dualism, reductionism and determinism have taken a new turn in the philosophical discourse of theorization of mind and cognition.
The structure of this course is interdisciplinary in nature. It discusses the current issues in cognitive science, artificial intelligence and consciousness.
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