Philosophy of Mind (Perceptual Experience) OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Philosophy Course

Published Jan 27, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free OpenCourseWare philosophy class 'Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience' explores how perception varies based on the individual and their experience. This graduate course is for students pursuing a master's degree or Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience: Course Specifics

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Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience: Course Description

The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT in Cambridge, MA, offers OpenCourseWare that looks at the most recent philosophical discussions of perception, both visual and auditory. Students examine whether a person actually perceives what is seen or whether one's mind creates illusions of perception. For example, the course asks whether a lemon is actually yellow or whether the viewer perceives it as yellow. The course further asks if the lemon is there or if the mind imagines its existence. The course continues by looking at how states of consciousness, introspection on those states and the insertion of others' consciousness affect perception. By the end of the course, students should be able explain the premises and conclusions of theories of perception and evaluate and contrast different theories. Philosophy professors Dr. Alex Byrne and Dr. Susanna Siegel teach this course.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, required readings list, lecture notes, assignments and a download of the course material. Those interested in this free course should visit the Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience course page.

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