PHIL 340 Philosophy and Cognitive Science


This course covers topics at the intersection between philosophy and cognitive science. Among the core principles guiding cognitive science are that mental processes are typically unconscious and computational; that the mind is a biological organ housed in the brain and shaped by evolution; and that many mental capacities are modularly implemented and innate. We will examine these core principles and apply them to understand a wide range of phenomena, including visual perception, language, mental imagery, intelligence, and choice. Offered yearly.