Philosophy 262g: Mind and Self: Modern Conceptions

In this course we will examine three great philosophical problems and some of the best efforts to solve them. The first is the problem of free will. What is it to have a free will? Are our wills free? Is it possible to be free given the power of science to predict and explain behavior? From here we will move on to consider the philosophical issues raised by death. Is death a bad thing? Most people think it usually is. But why? After all, it doesn't hurt to be dead. And finally, we will consider the problem of personal identity. What connects the separate parts of a person's life? What is it about a person that establishes who he or she is and distinguishes him or her from others?

Fulfills GE Category I.