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PH253 - Philosophy of Mind

  • Module code: PH253
  • Module name: Philosophy of Mind
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module provides an introduction to issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of mind. The principle metaphysical question is this: what must the world be like in order to make true the various claims that we make about or own and others’ minds? Here we will look at substance dualism and various forms of physicalism and functionalism. We will also look at the metaphysics of perceptual experience and the relation that it provides between mind and world. This links metaphysical and epistemological issues. On the epistemological side we will look the nature of our knowledge of our own and others’ mental states. Specific topics to be discussed will include the following: Substance dualism, Physicalism: type and token identity theories, Functionalism, Internalism and externalism, The nature of perceptual experience, Self-knowledge, Other minds. The following is an excellent sourcebook of relevant readings: D. Chalmers (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1.understand, analyse and apply key theoretical approaches in contemporary philosophy of mind, and explain the issues at stake in debates between them; 2.identify and assess different argumentative strategies used in the philosophy of mind to address specific questions, and articulate central theoretical concepts that inform different answers to those questions; 3.develop and defend their own judgement about competing views in philosophy of mind, and express themselves clearly and with precision; 4.recognize the distinctive contributions that various quite different approaches make to philosophical argument in the philosophy of mind, and the challenge of integrating these different contributions; arrive at a defensible conception of the nature of philosophy of mind itself.

Timetabled teaching activities

There is normally one lecture per week and one seminar per week over the duration of one term.

Departmental link

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/undergraduate/modules/ph253

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH253-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) 1500 word essay 15%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 85%
D3 (Assessed/examined work) 2 hour examination (NF) STAFF USE 100%
D4 (Assessed/examined work) 2 hour examination (F) STAFF USE 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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