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Philosophy of mind- brief introduction for non philosophers


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Just the main points of a presentations I made for an B2 english course.

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Philosophy of mind- brief introduction for non philosophers

  1. 1. A romp through Philosophy of Mind. I wonder what’s on my mind… Noelia del Olmo García de Mateos. Developing Fluency in Conversation and Writing B2.
  2. 2. What is Philosophy of Mind? The Philosophy of mind is the study of mental events, functions, consciousness, properties and the nature of mind. consciousness sensation perception reasoning desire intentions decisions beliefs imagination memory
  3. 3. Why philosophers study the mind? ‘I think therefore I am.’ Conciousness Feelings Behaviour Cognitive functions Descartes. The study of mind has also had a great impact on the concept of the self, and on the concept of freewill. Biological structure Brain How it works Beliefs Thoughts Sensitive and mental experiences Psychology Neuroscience Philosophy of Mind
  4. 4. Some topics in Philosophy of mind - Does the mind exist? - What is the nature of mind? - How is the mind related to the body (i.e., brain)? - Can a machine/an animal have mind? • The Mind – Body Problem • The Problem of Other Minds Afraid Looking forward to next summer’s holiday
  5. 5. The Mind – Body Problem What’s the relation between mind and body? Dualism, materialism, emergentism…
  6. 6. The Problem of Other Minds How can I be aware of other people´s mental states? -By observing the behaviour, or analizing the brain… The philosophical zombie.
  7. 7. WARNINGstudying conscio Want a solution? ange your life” (Blackmore 2007, p.5) • There are many informative books about philosophy of mind for everyone to enjoy. • Kim, J., Philosophy of Mind. • ‘’WARNINGstudying mind and consciousness will change your life” (Blackmore 2007, p.5)