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Unit Overview

Description
This unit has two parts. The first part investigates the nature of consciousness and considers such questions as—Is consciousness essentially subjective and private? Is there a distinction between how consciousness appears and how it really is? Is there anything more to conscious experiences than how they represent the world? The second part of the unit investigates whether or not consciousness is a physical phenomenon. In particular, this part considers whether or not consciousness either reduces to or supervenes on the physical. In considering that question the famous anti-physicalist arguments involving Mary the colour scientist and Zombies are examined in detail.
Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2022UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) have a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues related to consciousness, including distinctions among different concepts of consciousness and the relationship between consciousness and representational mental states; (3) have a deep understanding of contemporary arguments for and against physicalism; and (4) relate issues in the philosophy of consciousness to issues in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of language.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) test; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.



To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the participation component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clas Weber
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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