The Conscious Mind - A Philosophical Road Trip - Trinity College

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  • Course
  • Online
  • Duration:
    4 Weeks
  • When:
    Flexible
Description

Explore the worlds of sense, thought and the mind, as revealed through the philosophical discipline of phenomenology. With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: None

Venues

Where and when

Starts Location
Flexible
Online

What you'll learn on the course

Philosophy
Ethics
Mind
Conscious
Road Trip

Course programme

In ordinary life we barely notice the operations of our own minds. In The Conscious Mind - A Philosophical Road Trip, we will illuminate what we take for granted in perception, action, and interaction with others. We’ll explore this mindful awareness through demonstrations, illusions, brainteasers, thought experiments, riddles and jokes, all designed to shake you loose from your ordinary assumptions about the way consciousness works.  You will explore your own mind and the minds of others in a new way, using a philosophical approach known as phenomenology. You’ll encounter some of the main ideas of the phenomenological tradition, through short readings by Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Their ideas are provocative and will animate the online and offline conversation as we proceed. But the main approach of the course will be experiential and experimental. You’ll learn phenomenology by doing it and journeying among the structures and elements of your own conscious experience.

Additional information

Teacher:Dan Lloyd Dan Lloyd is the Thomas C. Brownell Professor of Philosophy and a Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College, where he has taught since 1987.  He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University.