COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Philosophy of Mind (East and West)
Course Code: 
17PHL601
Year Taught: 
2019
Semester: 
3
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Philosophy of Mind (East and West)' is a course offered in the third semester of M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

Cartesian Dualism: The Mind Body Relation, Problems of Causal Interactionism, Mind and Science.

Unit II

Behaviourism: Methodological and Philosophical Behaviourism, Explanatory Inadequacy, Cognitivism in Psychology.Functionalism: Mind as a Functional System, The Computational Mind, Problems of Inverted Spectrum and Absent Qualia.

Unit III

Consciousness, Cognitive Science and Philosophy, The Mystery of Consciousness and the Explanatory Gap, Naturalism About Phenomenal Consciousness.

Unit IV

Nyaya-Vaisesika Dualism: The Defining Property of Being Physical, Nyaya Dualism Distinguished from Cartesian Dualism, The Nature of Self, The Issue of Psycho-Physical Interaction.

Unit V

The Nature of Self: Vatsyayana’s Argument for the Self as a Substance, The Buddhist Aggregate Theory and Objections to the Category of Substance, The Reply to Buddhist Objections.

REFERENCES

  1. David Chalmers. The Conscious Mind. UK: Oxford University Press, 1996. English.
  2. E. J. Lowe. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind.USA: Cambridge University Press, 2000. English.
  3. David M Armstrong. A Materialist Theory of Mind. London: Routledge, 1968. English.
  4. Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti. Classical Indian Philosophy of Mind. New Delhi: ICPR, 2001. English.