HFIK03792U FILO, Module 9: Central Topics in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind

Volume 2016/2017

Master in Philosophy


Phenomenology and analytical philosophy count as two of the most influential philosophical traditions of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, their relationship in the past has not exactly been characterized by fruitful cooperation and exchange; rather, most of the time it has ranged from complete disregard to outright hostility.

Recently, however, things have started to change. A growing number of analytical philosophers of mind have started paying attention to arguments and analyses to be found in the phenomenological treatment of issues like intentionality, self-consciousness, subjectivity, embodiment and social cognition. Likewise, many phenomenologists are currently engaged in lively exchanges with their analytical colleagues. This ongoing dialogue stands now as a very dynamic and productive area in contemporary philosophical research.

This course (which is a module in the master specialization in phenomenology and philosophy of mind) shall explore a number of topics that are of concern to both phenomenologists and analytical philosophers of mind. It will show that analytical philosophy can profit from phenomenological insights, just as phenomenology can learn from analytical philosophy. It will also examine some of the ways in which philosophical approaches to the mind can productively engage with empirical work on consciousness and cognition. Three topics will be singled out for special attention: 1) social cognition 2) self and consciousness, and 3) embodiment.

Suggested background reading:

Gallagher, S. & Zahavi, D. (2012) The Phenomenological Mind. London: Routledge.



Learning Outcome

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2014:

Module 9: Central Topics in Phenomenology: HFIK03791E


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Course Preparation
  • 367,5
  • Total
  • 409,5
Type of assessment
The exam will be conducted in english
Criteria for exam assesment