Philosophy of Mind
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
25 July 2019
Requisites for this module
BA VV15 Philosophy and History,
BA VV16 Philosophy and History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV51 Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV5C Philosophy and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV5X Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)
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.
This module aims to introduce students to central issues and developments in the philosophy of mind.
By the end of this module students will:
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;
be equipped to undertake study and independent reading that assumes familiarity with contemporary philosophy of mind.
No additional information available.
1 x two-hour seminar each week in the spring term. Week 21 is Reading Week. There will be a revision session in the summer term.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Reading Quizzes TOTAL
||Essay - 2000 words
||Argument Reconstruction (group work)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Matt Burch
Dr Thomas Joseph Stern
University College London
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 36 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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