Philosophy of Mind I
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
After completing this course you are able to:
1. describe the main philosophical issues surrounding the mind-body
2. explain the most important philosophical positions and concepts
regarding the mind-body problem
3. explain the connection between the mind-body problem and the problem
of consciousness, social cognition and free will.
4. describe the importance of philosophical theories for scientific
research and vice-versa.
The question of how the mind is related to the body, also known as the
"mind-body problem", is one of the most important problems in
philosophy. In this introductory course we will discuss the main
positions regarding this problem (substance dualism, behaviorism,
identity theory, functionalism, eliminativism, interpretivism, embodied
cognition). Additionally we will consider some questions that are
closely associated with the mind-body problem. What is consciousness?
How do we understand others? Do we have free will? What can the sciences
tell us about the human mind?
Method of Assessment
Written exam with open questions (100%)
Slors, M., De Bruin, L. & Strijbos, D., The Philosophy of Mind, Brain &
Behaviour, Boom Uitgevers Amsterdam: 2015.
Additional literature is available on Canvas for registered students
Philosophy Bachelor First year
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