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PPR.303: Issues in the Philosophy of Mind

Tutor: Dr Rachel Cooper
Term: Not available 2014/15

Course Description

This course will introduce students to some advanced topics in the philosophy of mind. Through the debates examined students will be exposed to a number of methodological approaches in the philosophy of mind - including the use of empirical evidence in philosophy, conceptual analysis, ordinary language philosophy andthought experimentation. Topics examined willvary from year to year but may include:

  • consciousness
  • understanding other minds
  • self-knowledge
  • emotions
  • understanding abnormal mental states
  • the self
  • perception
  • evolutionary psychology
  • animal minds, alien minds and computer minds
  • mental causation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Outline and critically assess a number of debates in the philosophy of mind.
  • Understand the uses of a variety of methods in philosophy.
  • Develop their ownphilosophical arguments present philosophical ideas clearly both orally and in writing.


40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 1 essays of 3000 words. Exam: 2 hours.

Teaching Method

Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.

Introductory Reading

Robert Kirk (2003) Mind and Body.

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