Feb 19, 2020  
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

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PHIL 4480 - Metaphysics and Consciousness

Daydreams about some tropical paradise … the smell of freshly baked bread … the flash of anger experienced when one person cuts another off … the vision of  an albino squirrel on the campus green … Humans take all of these to involve activities or states of consciousness. But what is this consciousness with which they claim to be so intimately familiar? What are its metaphysical implications, and can people reconcile those implications with current scientific understanding of the world? This is a communication-intensive course.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: one course in philosophy.

When Offered: Fall term annually.

Credit Hours: 4

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