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