Mind, Emotions and Consciousness
Philosophical questions relating to the nature of the mind tap into the heart of what it is to be human: What is the mind? How does it relate to the body and to the brain? Do animals have consciousness? Can machines think? What is an emotion? Why do headaches feel bad and orgasms good? In virtue of what do affective states motivate us? Are there innate ideas?
Making Sense of Pleasure, Luca Barlassina, Festival of Arts and Humanities 2016
Lived Experience of the Body, Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, Festival of Arts and Humanities 2016
- Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of consciousness by Keith Frankish in Aeon, 20 September 2016.
- The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it by Keith Frankish in Aeon, 7 July 2016.
- Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind by Keith Frankish in Aeon, 27 May 2016.
Sample Academic Writing
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2018) ‘Gestalt perception and seeing-as’ in Aspect Perception After Wittgenstein: Seeing-As and Novelty, eds. M. Beaney, B. Harrington, D. Shaw, Routledge.
- Luca Barlassina and Robert Gordon (2017) ‘Folk psychology as mental simulation’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Keith Frankish (2016) ‘Illusionism as a theory of consciousness’, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23(11-12).
- Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2015) The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts, MIT Press.
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2015) ‘Merleau-Ponty: actions, habits, and skilled expertise’ in Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches, eds. D. Dahlstrom, A. Elpidorou, W. Hopp, Routledge.
- Keith Frankish (2015) ‘Dennett’s dual-process theory of reasoning’ in Content and Consciousness Revisited, eds. C. Muñoz-Suárez and F. De Brigard, Springer.
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, (2014) 'Habit and attention', in The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity, eds. D. Moran and R. Jensen, Springer.
- Luca Barlassina and Albert Newen (2014). "The role of bodily perception in emotion: In defense of an impure somatic theory", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 89 (3).
- Luca Barlassina (2013). "Simulation is not enough: A hybrid model of disgust attribution on the basis of visual stimuli", Philosophical Psychology, 26 (3).
- Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2013) ‘In Defense of Nativism’, Philosophical Studies, 165 (2).
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2012) ‘Thought in action’, Oxford Handbook of Phenomenology, ed. D. Zahavi, Oxford University Press.
- Tiziana Zalla, Luca Barlassina, Marine Buon, and Marion Leboyer (2011) "Moral judgment in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders", Cognition, 121 (1).
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2011). Agency and embodied cognition. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. CXI, Part I.
- Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2011) ‘Concepts’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2009) ‘Merleau-Ponty’s account of hallucination’, European Journal of Philosophy, 17 (1).
- Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2007) Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation, Oxford University Press.
- Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2007). The Ontology Concepts — Abstract Objects or Mental Representations? Noûs, 41 (4).
Related Learning Opportunities
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity is a first year module which introduces central debates regarding the nature of the self, the mind, free-will, and other related topics.
Philosophy of Mind is a second year module which provides a survey of philosophical theories of the mind.
Pleasure, Pain and Emotion is a third year and postgraduate module which engages with questions such as: Why does pain feel bad? Are emotions cognitive states? What is the relation between pleasure and happiness? Are moral judgements based on emotions?
Philosophy of Psychology is a third year and postgraduate module provides an in-depth look at a selection of issues in contemporary philosophy of psychology
Workplace Learning is a third year module involving a work placement of 35-70 hours with a local organisation (voluntary or commercial sector) and developing two essays reflecting on philosophically significant aspects of your experience.