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Semester 1

Topics in Mind and Cognition (PHIL10174)







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**Spaces on Philosophy Honours courses are extremely limited, and so priority is given to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the Philosophy department (including Erasmus students on a Philosophy Exchange). Exchange students outside of Philosophy and independent study abroad students cannot be guaranteed enrolment in ANY 3rd/4th year Philosophy courses** Please note that 3rd year Philosophy courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course is aimed at offering a selection of topics in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognition. Possible topics covered include: mental content and representation, consciousness, perception, social cognition, the nature of action, and emotion.

Course Description

The nature of the mind, consciousness and thought are among some of the oldest and most controversial questions in philosophy. On this course we will consider some central conceptual and theoretical issues that arise in contemporary philosophy of mind and philosophy of neuroscience and examine how these relate to overarching questions concerning the nature of the mind, the world, and our conscious experience of it. The exact selection of issues covered will vary from year to year, but may include one or more of the following: - The nature of mental representation and content; - How to explain the qualitative character of conscious experience; - What is perception and how does it relate to action?; - To what extent do our thoughts depend on external objects and/or other thinkers?; - Do machines and non-human animals have comparable mental states to humans?; - What are emotions and how do they guide our thought and behaviour?

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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