Topics in Theoretical Philosophy - PHI00020M

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Paul Noordhof
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

What is intentionality? Are perception and cognition two forms of intentionality? What is the proper characterisation of perception? Is intentionality real and irreducible? Does intentionality rely upon relations with the environment? Can a naturalistic explanation of intentionality be provided? What connection is there between thought and language? Can phenomenal consciousness be understood in terms of intentionality? These are the main questions upon which the module will focus.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To consider some key issues relating to issues in Theoretical Philosophy, especially issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind
  • To encourage students to engage philosophically with the issues and offer their own critical reflections
  • To enhance philosophical skills of argument and debate through seminar discussion and written work

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have had the opportunity:

  • To discuss philosophically and critically topics in Theoretical Philosophy
  • To pursue these topics through a study of seminal discussions by major philosophers from the early modern period to the present day.
  • To improve philosophical skills of argument and debate through seminar discussion and written work

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be received 4 weeks after the submission for summative work and within 2 weeks for formative work.

Indicative reading

Preliminary Reading:

Tim Crane (1995), The Mechanical Theory of Mind

Kim Sterelny (1990), The Representational Theory of Mind



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