This section is about the Philosophy of Mind. Every course in the philosophy of mind in the Anglo-American Philosophical tradition contains a discussion of the relation between the mind and the body. And almost every course in Philosophy contains a component in the Philosophy of Mind.
‘Epistemology & Metaphysics’ is one of the themes covered in Unit 3 PHIL 3 Key themes in Philosophy. The curriculum specifies that the following should be covered:
Reductive accounts of the mind
The section of The Philosophy Resource explicitly addresses all these issues in a way that (a) is comprehensible and easy to follow and (b) will stretch students’ and teachers’ understanding on these matter.
The material covered in this section will also be useful in tackling the text Descartes’ Meditations in Unit 4 PHIL4 Philosophical Problems.
The issues of this section of The Philosophy Resource ties into the IB curriculum in two places:
Core Theme: What is a Human Being?
The core theme is an essential part of both the Higher Level syllabus and the Standard Level syllabus. The material in this section of The Philosophy Resource is directly relevant to an examination of our notions of “person” and to the question “Are we composed of mind and body?”, as well as to the possible topic of further study “What, if any, are the relationships between mind and body?”
Prescribed philosophical text
This section of The Philosophy Resource is directly relevant to the prescribed text: René Descartes Meditations