Philosophy (Consciousness) OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Philosophy Course

Published Feb 15, 2009

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'Introducing Consciousness' sets a foundation for defining consciousness. This advanced undergraduate Philosophy OpenCourseWare from The Open University is offered free through the OpenLearn program.

Introducing Consciousness: Course Specifics

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Introducing Consciousness: Course Description

'Introducing Consciousness' presents various approaches to defining consciousness. Discussions detail philosophers' trouble defining the basic concept of human experience. Readings and exercises consider whether consciousness is a physiological phenomenon or metaphysical one. Further readings explore whether finding a reductive explanation for consciousness is possible, if it has a physiological basis. Further units in the OpenCourseWare discuss additional issues in pinning down consciousness to a definition or mechanism. Advanced philosophy OpenCourseWare takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

'Introducing Consciousness' OpenCourseWare includes readings and discussion exercises. To take this OpenCourseWare, go to the introduction to consciousness course page.

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