Philosophy of Mind I

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Mind I

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Objective
    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.

    Course Content
    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?

    Teaching Methods

    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

    Target Audience
    Philosophy Bachelor First year

    Additional Information
    See the course guide on Canvas for more course information

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