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180046 VO Current Developments in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Sciene (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Fr. 05.3.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Introduction
Fr. 19.3.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Consciousness I
Fr. 26.3.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Consciousness II
Fr. 16.4.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Intentionality and Propositional Attitudes
Fr. 30.4.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Cognitive Phenomenology
Fr. 07.5.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Enactivism
Fr. 21.5.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Extended Cognition
Fr. 28.5.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Self-awareness and Agency
Fr. 11.6.2021 15:00 - 16:30: Understanding Other People
Fr. 25.6.2021 15:00 - 16:30: The Predictive Mind

Friday 05.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 19.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 26.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 16.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 30.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 07.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 21.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 28.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 11.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 25.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims—students will:

- Become familiar with recent developments in philosophy of mind and cognitive science
- Get to know the historical background leading to these recent trends
- Come to understand the basic notions of philosophy of mind such as propositional attitudes, phenomenal character, etc.
- Learn how to develop their own position subtending both philosophical argument and empirical research

Content: This lecture introduces students to a variety of research areas at the interface between contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. The focus will be on approaches that highlight that perception and thought are essentially embodied and ecologically embedded. The course will begin with a historical introduction, followed by a discussion of the established philosophical problems of "consciousness" and "intentionality" and will turn to interdisciplinary research on topics such as self-knowledge, “enaction”, extended cognition, predictive processing, and other minds.

Method: The lecture will be made available digitally as an audio book. Online classes will be held via video conferences at the announced times. The content already presented via audiobook will be put up for discussion (rather than being repeated).

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will take a 120-minute digital examination during which they will be required to answer two essay questions. The exam will take place on Moodle. Students will be allowed to use a German-English dictionary.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading will depend on:

- Clear and precise answers
- A thorough, yet critical presentation of the lecture material

Examination topics

The examination topics are limited to the content presented in the lecture and thus to the lecture material.

Reading list

Students will find the lecture literature—thematically assigned to the respective units—on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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