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?

Stephen Laurence, Luca Barlassina, Komarine Romdenh-Romluc and Keith Frankish work in this field.

Digital Artefacts

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

Sample Academic Writing

Related Learning Opportunities

Taught Modules

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.