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Master Topic in Philosophy of Mind

Level of Study

Master

Teaching semester

Spring

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

After completing the course, the student should have

- overview of the most important directions within the philosophy of mind in the 20th century, such as behaviorism, the psychophysical identity theory, functionalism, characteristic dualism and eliminative materialism

- insight into the issues that are common challenges for these directions, such as the question of what intentionality is, the question of the experience of awareness relative to a person's material properties and processes, and how we can understand mental causation

- insight into issues that connects philosophy of mind to modern cognitive science, important here is the question whether Artificial Intelligence can exist

- insight into important classical philosophers viewpoint of the relationship between body and soul, especially Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Kant's view

- insight to evaluate the effectiveness of the classical argument in the philosophy of mind out from their soundness and validity

Skills:

After completing the course, the student should be able to

- distinguish between strong and weak aspects of the various main positions in contemporary philosophy of mind in the 20th century

- communicate knowledge about these positions both in academic as well as more general contexts

- understand that solutions to problems in the philosophy of mind requires something more than empirical knowledge, at the same time as one realizes that innovations in psychology and neurophysiology may establish the basis for a crop rotations between philosophical concepts analysis and empirical research

Competence:

After completing the course, the student should be competent to

- ensue further studies in cognitive science

- keep pace with the contemporary philosophical debate about the problems in the philosophy of mind at a level of moderate difficulty

- provide insight into the problems to people without special background knowledge of the subject

Required Previous Knowledge

None.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.

Access to the Course

A condition for entry into this course is having been accepted for the Masters programme in philosophy.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and discussion groups.

Individual tuition: up to 1 hours per student.

The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.

Submission of a draft of the semester assignment paper before supervision.

Individual supervision given by the teacher of the course.

Forms of Assessment

A supervised semester assignment paper of 4000- 6000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.) The topic of the paper must be approved in advance by the teacher of the course. . The semester assignment paper will be assessed at the end of the semester.

The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.

The compulsory requirements have to be formally approved in a semester in which there is teaching in the relevant course in order to register for the examination in a semester in which there is no teaching in that course.

Grading Scale

From A to F

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.

Contact

Contact Information

Email: studierettleiar@fof.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    18.05.2020, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    27.04.2020
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam