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7AAN2061 Philosophy of Mind

THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2017-18          

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Professor Matthew Soteriou


  • Summative assessment: One two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500-2,000-word essays


  • Summative assessment: One two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500-2,000-word essays

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2061 module syllabus 2016-17

Additional information:

  • This module is normally compulsory for students in the MA Philosophy of Psychology programme, although that requirement might be waived in cases where a student has already taken a similar course in their previous studies

This course focuses on questions in the philosophy of mind. We will approach this topic by thinking through some problems that arise from reflecting on the metaphysics and epistemology of the mind. What is the mind? How does the mind relate to the brain?  What is consciousness? How do we know about our own thoughts, feelings, and desires and how do we know about those of other people?  In addressing these questions, we will cover topics central to contemporary philosophical discussions of the mind, including consciousness, intentional content, mental causation, and self-knowledge.  

Further information

Module aims

The Philosophy of Mind module aims to give students the intellectual equipment to investigate for themselves the issues mentioned in the module description above on the basis of careful reading of, and critical reflection upon, the key writings in the area. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a level-7 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • developed a capacity for philosophical argument about the mind and mental phenomena
  • acquired a knowledge of some of the key philosophical writings about the nature of mind
  • understood the nature of some of the central problems in the philosophy of mind
  • encountered and evaluated a number of attempts to solve the philosophical problems under discussion
  • acquired an understanding of how problems in philosophy of mind relate to broader philosophical debates in the areas of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics
  • acquired an ability to relate the questions discussed to the work of philosophers studied in other modules
  • been encouraged to read with great care and reflected upon some difficult texts as well as introductory and secondary material 
Past syllabi

7AAN2061 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2061 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2061 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2061 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading


Blank spaceThe modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.
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