PHI202 - Philosophy of Mind


2017-18 Outline

The course will introduce students to some of the fundamental issues and theories that have dominated contemporary Philosophy of Mind. How is it that human beings, and perhaps other animals, are able to have conscious experiences? How is that we are able to represent the world to ourselves in thought? What is the relation between the mind and the brain? We'll look at a variety of answers to these questions and examine the most important theories that contemporary philosophers have to offer. Theories covered will include logical behaviourism, the central state identity theory, functionalism, the language of thought, interpretivism, non-reductive physicalism, and eliminative materialism.                

Preparatory readings

Students who have not taken Mind, Brain, & Personal Identity may find it useful to read Smith & Jones, The Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction, Part I.                                                                                                                                  

Advised previous modules

Mind, Brain, & Personal Identity                                                                                                                    


Two coursework essays (the first essay will get formative feedback but its grade will not count towards the module's grade) and one two-hour examination.              


Stephen Laurence

Lectures - Autumn 2017

Thursday 2-3pm - Broad Lane Lecture Theatre 11
Friday 11am-12 noon - Diamond Lecture Theatre 8

Seminars (from Week 3)

Thursday 4-5pm - 38 Mappin Street - 101
Friday 12 noon - 1pm - 38 Mappin Street - 101