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BA Philosophy
Develop the knowledge and analytical skills to examine today's biggest questions.

BA Philosophy

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Philosophy of Mind

Unit code PHIL20271
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Philosophy
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


We will focus on the metaphysics of mind. We will begin by looking at different accounts of the relationship between the mind and the body. After this, we will examine two key issues raised by these accounts of the mental: the possibility of mental causation and the nature of consciousness.


Pre-requisities: 20 PHIL credits at Level 1


This course aims to:

- give a detailed understanding of contemporary debates concerning the metaphysics of mind;
- enable students to engage critically with some recent contributions to these debates; and
- enhance students' powers of critical analysis, reasoning and independent thought.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

- knowledge of debates concerning the metaphysics of mind;
- a thorough knowledge of some recent contributions to the debate; and
- an ability to present carefully argued and independent lines of thought in this area.

Teaching and learning methods

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial weekly

Assessment methods


Recommended reading

Chalmers, D. 2003. Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press.

[The majority of tutorial readings will be taken from this anthology, so you may find it a useful purchase]

Kim, J. 2010. Philosophy of Mind (3rd ed.). Westview Press.

[This is a comprehensive and outstanding introduction to the main issues covered in the course. The earlier editions of this book would also be fine.]

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 22
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: 20 PHIL credits at Level 1

For 2012/13 (subject to change):

LECTURE: Thursday 12-2pm


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