Metaphysics and Mind (PHIL*2370) | College of Arts

Metaphysics and Mind (PHIL*2370)

Code and section: PHIL*2370*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: April Marratto


Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind are fundamental branches in the history of philosophy. This discussion-oriented class will look at how early modern philosophers answered questions such as: What does it mean to have a mind? What is the nature of free will? Can we create autonomous beings? In addition to writings from (but not limited to) Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, and Locke, we will also frame our discussion around Mary Shelley's famous work: Frankenstein.

Required Texts: 

Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins eds. Modern Philosophy 2nd ed. An Anthology of Primary Sources. Hackett Publishing Company. 

Mary Shelley. Frankenstein or ‘The Modern Prometheus’ the 1818 text. Oxford World Classics ed. 

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