HFIA03733U  Modul 4: Philosophy of Psychology: Contemporary discussions

Volume 2014/2015
Master in Philosophy

This course is an introduction to the main philosophical questions raised by cognitive science (the contemporary interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind, which covers disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and linguistics). It does not require any prior familiarity with these disciplines, just a curiosity about how the mind works. We will discuss questions such as: What is the difference between personal level and sub-personal level explanations? What is computation? Are computers the best model for understanding the mind? What is cognitive architecture? Is the mind massively modular? How does action and perception relate? What is consciousness? The course will discuss ways in which philosophical assumptions shape the scientific study of the mind, as well as ways in which science influence philosophy.

Learning Outcome
The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2014:
Module 4, Contemporary Philosophical Discussion: HFIK03731E

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2008:
Module 2, Freely chosen topic A: HFIK03521E
Module 4, Freely chosen topic B: HFIK03541E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic C: HFIK03551E
Module 6, Freely chosen topic D: HFIK03561E
Module 7, Freely chosen topic E: HFIK03571E

As course literature, we will use A. Clark, Mindware (OUP, 2001), supplemented by journal articles and book chapters.
Type of assessment
For details, see the curriculum.
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Course Preparation
  • 367,5
  • Total
  • 409,5