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Origins of Mind: Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Development (PH9F0-20/30)

How do humans come to know about objects, causes, words, numbers, colours, actions and minds? Philosophers have been pursuing this question since Plato or before. More recently it has become the focus of a branch of psychology, developmental psychology.

Programme content

For each of some subset (which may change each time the module rules) of the domains mentioned above - objects, causes and the rest - students will learn about contemporary developmental findings, explore new philosophical issues raised by these findings and investigate their relevance to longstanding philosophical questions about the mind. In doing this, students will also acquire familiarity with broad issues concerning development, including those associated with nativism, modularity and pre-linguistic cognition.

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Timing and CATS

This module is running in term 1 and is worth 20 CATS.