How do we know the minds of other people? Is it possible that we can only know our own minds and that we really can’t tell whether others have the same thoughts and experiences that we have? What is the justification for belief in other minds? Do animals have minds, can computers and robots possess consciousness? These and other similar issues will be examined with the help of philosophers like Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Derrida, Austin, and Levinas, and a review of some of the latest work by neurophysiologists investigating the brain and mirror neurons. This is a seminar style class; several essay papers will be required.
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