Maria Botero

| Psychology and Philosophy Department



Contemporary Moral Issues


This class will explore some of the major moral issues in contemporary society. This includes topics such as abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, and world hunger. The course involves formal lectures that will discuss crucial issues from the readings and their relationship with the basic questions explored during the course. Students will be expected to write individual and group philosophical essays that deal with current ethical debates and engage in discussion during the lectures.




Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness


This course is an introduction to some basic questions about the human mind

 and consciousness.

Some of the topics we will explore include: the relation between mind, brain, body,

 and environment, the place the human mind has in nature and its relation to artificial

 and animal minds. Among the questions we will try to answer are:

 What are emotions? Do animals have a mind?

 When we experience a mental state, can it be explained only in terms of neurophysiological states?

 Are we conscious? How do we know we are conscious?