Philosophy Of Mind PHIL5078

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course discusses a number of major issues and positions in the contemporary philosophy of mind. Topics include the relation between the mental and physical, subjectivity, intentionality and mental causation and explanation.


2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 tutorials. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.

Course Aims

The course aims to:


■ introduce students to a number of major issues in the contemporary Philosophy of Mind.

■ familiarise students with the main positions and arguments within each topic.

■ enable students to deploy these arguments for themselves.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Identify the basic categories and types of mental phenomena;

■ Illustrate the relation of mental phenomena to the physical world, including substance dualism, behaviourism, central state materialism and functionalism;

■ Explain phenomenal content and subjectivity;

■ Analyse the problem of representation or 'aboutness';

■ Assess the status of psychological explanation.


Assessment for this course is at Masters Level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.