I made this series in 2012. It addresses the perennial philosophical problem: how is the mind related to the body?
You will be first briefly be taken through Descartes’ famous argument for ‘the real distinction’ between mind and body, and the problems it faces. Then I will introduce you to ‘Identity Theory’, the view that the mind IS the brain (or more precisely, that mental states ARE neural states) and the problems that face this theory. Then we’ll look at what is available if we reject both Cartesian Dualism and Identity Theory. We’ll then consider whether, in asking how the mind is related to the brain, we are asking the wrong questions. Finally there is a Q&A session in which the audience ask me all the many questions that they’re left with at the end of the series.
This series is the basis for OUDCE’s short online course An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
There are five lectures in this series. Each of them is, as usual, available in both audio and video.
Lecture One:Identity Theory and Why it Won’t Work
Lecture Three: If Physicalism Won’t Work What is the Alternative?
Lecture Four: Are we Asking the Wrong Questions?
Lecture Five: Question and Answer Session