Mind and Reality

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mind and Reality

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Do we have free-will? How are our minds related to our bodies? Does God exist? What about time? And other questions about what exists in the world.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course, students will acquire:
    -Ability to read and write philosophical texts
    -Understanding of what philosophy is and how it is done
    -Ability to identify and critically assess arguments
    -Grasp of key ideas about mind and reality

    Course Structure
    The world is an awe-inspiring place. Socrates taught that if we want to live well here, we should understand the world as best we can. So in this paper, we learn to think about very general questions about the nature of reality. We try to formulate ideas as carefully as possible and then examine them for truth and validity. We get as clear as we can about 'big' topics that matter: whether or not there is a god; whether your mind is any different than your brain; whether time is real; and whether or not you are the same person you were 10 years ago.

    -Two essays 15% each
    -Final exam 70%

    A coursebook and readings are provided.

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