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A Romp Through the Philosophy of Mind

The mind is a fascinating entity. Where, after all, would we be without it? But what exactly is it? These days many people believe the mind simply is the brain. Descartes would have disagreed profoundly. He recommended a dualism of substance. Modern philosophers are again finding various forms of dualism attractive because the problems with physicalism are so intractable. One such problem is whether the mind, like the brain, is located in space (specifically inside the head). But does philosophy have anything sensible to say about the mind? Surely today it is scientists we should be listening to? Come and find out why this is – and always will be – false.

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1 Part 1: Identity Theory and Why it Won't Work Marianne Talbot presents the first of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Identity Theory and why it won't work. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
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2 Part 2: Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the Problems they Face Slides to accompany Marianne Talbot's second of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the problems they face. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
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3 Part 3: If Physicalism Won't Work, What is the Alternative? Marianne Talbot presents the third of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on alternatives to Physicalism. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
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4 Part 4: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions? Marianne Talbot presents the fourth of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, wondering if we are asking the wrong questions? Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
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5 Part 5: Questions and Answers Marianne Talbot presents the last of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, engaging in a questions and answers discussion with the audience. Marianne Talbot 10 Apr 2012
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6 Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
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