May 24, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Our meeting on "Mind and Identity" was more focused on the ontology of personal identity rather than on the identity of the human mind. This meeting aims to complete that discussion.
What is the mind? Is it a real existent, or is it a fiction of the imagination? What are its capacities, attributes, actions? How is it related to the notion of soul--if that is a valid concept? How is it related to the brain--if brain is not the same as mind? How is it related to the whole person as a human being?
In the history of philosophy, particularly, philosophy of mind, there have been many conceptions of what the mind is. What are the different conceptions? How are they different? From which distinctions do they draw? What consequences have they entailed? Which is the more correct?
We will examine two such conceptions, an ancient and a modern, an Aristotelian and a Humean. In the process, we will perhaps tap on ideas from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, semiotics, logic, ethics, theology, and common sense.
P.S. This meeting got its start from Derek's suggestion: IMAGINATION --
Seems like the next step. Hume has quite a lot to say about it. We see visible light as colored but a physicist must imagine light as a particle and a wave to model and explain it's behaviour. We perceive something as solid but a physicist must imagine tiny particles relatively so far apart from each other that, were it not for the forces they generate, solidity could not exist. I am happy to host if no one else would like to.