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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2010

GK 390 • Aristotle's Philosophy Of Mind

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32766 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WAG 312

Course Description

In this class will be read slowly and carefully through the bulk of Aristotle's /de Anima/; the question we will be addressing will include: What is the operative notion (or notions) of form in which the soul is supposed to be the form of the body? What are the connections between the Aristotelian concept of a soul and the mind? How does perception relate to the other psychological faculties? What is the role of /nous/? More generally, we will be asking whether it makes sense to align Aristotle's view with any of a number of contemporary position in the philosophy of mind: property dualism, functionalism, physicalism? Indeed, whether it makes sense to describe him as having a philosophy of mind as such at all? This course satisfies the History requirement. Grading Policy 1 term paper (90%); participation/presentation (10%) Texts Aristotle /de Anima Books II-III/ translated with commentary by D.W.Hamlyn (revised by C.Shields): Oxford (Clarendon Aristotle Series)


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