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PHIL101 Mind and Reality

Do we have free-will? How are our minds related to our bodies? Can one prove that God exists? And other questions about what exists in the world.

Paper title Mind and Reality
Paper code PHIL101
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper is open to all students
Contact
Assoc Prof James Maclaurin, james.maclaurin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Assoc Prof James Maclaurin
Dr Kourken Michaelian
Paper Structure
The world is an awe-inspiring place. Socrates taught that if we want to live well here, we should understand the world as best we can. So in this paper, we learn to think about very general questions about the nature of reality. We try to formulate ideas as carefully as possible and then examine them for truth and validity. We get as clear as we can about 'big' topics that matter: whether or not there is a god; whether your mind is any different than your brain; whether time is real; and whether or not you are the same person you were 10 years ago.

Assessment:
  • Two essays 15% each
  • Final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures per week and one 50-minute tutorial per week
Textbooks
A course book and readings are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will acquire
  • The ability to read and write philosophical texts
  • Understanding of what philosophy is and how it is done
  • The ability to identify and critically assess arguments
  • A grasp of key ideas about mind and reality

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 17-22
T2 Monday 16:00-16:50 10-15, 17-22
T4 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 18-22
T5 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 10-15, 18-22
T6 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 17-22
T7 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-15, 17-22
T8 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-15, 17-22

Do we have free-will? How are our minds related to our bodies? Can one prove that God exists? And other questions about what exists in the world.

The world is an awe-inspiring place. Socrates taught that if we want to live well here, we should understand the world as best we can. So in this paper, we learn to think about very general questions about the nature of reality. We try to formulate ideas and arguments as carefully as possible and then examine them for truth and persuasiveness. We get as clear as we can about 'big' topics that matter. How do we know: whether or not there is a god; what minds are and whether or not machines could have them; what constitutes freewill; and what constitutes personal identity.

Paper title Mind and Reality
Paper code PHIL101
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper is open to all students.
Contact
Associate Professor James Maclaurin
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor James Maclaurin
Paper Structure
Structure:
  • Arguments about Gods and Machines
  • What are minds?
  • What is personal identity?
  • What is freewill?
Assessment:
  • Two essays - 15% each
  • Tutorial exercises - 10%
  • Final exam - 60%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures per week and one 50-minute tutorial per week.
Textbooks
A course book and readings are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will acquire:
  1. The ability to read and write philosophical texts
  2. Understanding of what philosophy is and how it is done
  3. The ability to identify and critically assess arguments
  4. A grasp of key ideas about mind and reality

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22
T2 Monday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22
T3 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22
T4 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 10-13, 15-22
T5 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
T6 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
T7 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-22