Philosophy of Mind

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
17 May 2021


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Module description

The subject of this module is the nature of the mind.

What is the mental and how does it differ from the non-mental? What is the nature and structure of consciousness? What is the relationship between mind and body? How does the body shape the mind? What is the self? Is the self metaphysically real or an epiphenomenal construction of the brain? Is there a best method to study the mind? Or should we endorse methodological pluralism in this area?

We will raise and explore these traditional questions of the philosophy of mind with constant reference to findings from the cognitive sciences (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence).

In contrast to traditional courses in the philosophy of mind, however, we will take a phenomenological approach to these questions, where phenomenology refers to the philosophical tradition inaugurated by Edmund Husserl. Students will thus not only learn about classic and contemporary Analytic approaches to the philosophy of mind, but they will also study the practice of phenomenology and develop an appreciation of its enduring relevance to inquiry into the nature of the mind.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to central issues and developments in the philosophy of mind.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will:

1. have a grasp of contemporary metaphysical and epistemological theories of the mind, as well as a grasp of some of the key issues surrounding particular mental phenomena;
2. be equipped to undertake study and independent reading that assumes familiarity with contemporary philosophy of mind.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x two-hour seminar each week in the spring term. Week 21 is Reading Week.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Seminar Facilitator      
Coursework   Seminar Reporter      
Coursework   3 discussion questions     
Coursework   Essay plan     
Coursework   2000-word essay     

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr David Batho, email:



External examiner

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Of 356 hours, 27 (7.6%) hours available to students:
329 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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