Philosophy of Mind - PHI00078I

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Fiora Salis
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module summary

To introduce central issues in the philosophy of mind, including: the metaphysics of mind (the mind-body problem), the epistemology of mind (knowledge of our own and others’ minds), intentionality and agency.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

To introduce central issues in the philosophy of mind, including: the metaphysics of mind (the mind-body problem), the epistemology of mind (knowledge of our own and others’ minds), intentionality and agency.

To develop skills in critical analysis and argument.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

—understand and explain a range of key problems, issues, and debates in the philosophy of mind and express this understanding in clear, precise, and accessible terms

—develop and articulate ranges of alternative solutions to problems and issues in the philosophy of mind in an open-minded way, drawing on module materials

—develop and articulate arguments for the alternative solutions considered in relation to problems and issues the philosophy of mind, drawing on module materials, identifying some points of weakness and some potential points for development

—make a judgement about what is the best view on a particular problem in the philosophy of mind and argue in defence of this judgement

—identify some of their strengths and weaknesses by evaluating their own work in relation to departmental marking criteria

—apply simple strategies for improving their work, based on critical reflection, advice, and feedback

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 70
University - closed examination
Philosophy of Mind
1 hours 30

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 70
University - closed examination
Philosophy of Mind
1 hours 30

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work will be returned within 2 weeks of submission, and by the end of term at the latest. Feedback on summative work will be returned within 4 weeks of the assessment deadline.

Indicative reading

  • Ravenscroft (2005) Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Smart (1959) “Sensations and Brain Processes”
  • Schwitzgebel (2012) “If Materialism is True, the United States is Probably Conscious”
  • Searle (1980) “Minds, Brains, and Programs”
  • Jackson (1982) “Epiphenomenal Qualia”
  • Crane (1998) “Intentionality”
  • Searle (1983) “The Nature of Intentional States”
  • Dennett & Haugeland (1987) “Intentionality”
  • Dretske (1990) “Misrepresentation”
  • Jackson & Braddon-Mitchell (2007) “The Language of Thought” and “Content”



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