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180152 KO MEi:CogSci Philosophy Discussion (2018S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

1.Termin (Vorbesprechung): Mo 5. März 2018, 9:00 - 11:00
HS 2i d. Inst. f. Philosophie, NIG, 2. Stock

Weitere Termine werden bei der Vorbesprechung bekannt gegeben!



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 20.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 24.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 15.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 29.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 05.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 12.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Tuesday 26.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

What is philosophy? What do philosophers do? And how do they do it? These are some of the questions which will be addressed in this course. The course is designed as a topics-based introduction to philosophy, i.e. instead of working through the history of philosophy focusing on historical figures and their views on different topics, we will focus on special philosophical tools and how to apply them to topics such as consciousness, cognition, mental causation and free will, artificial 'intelligence', epistemology and the scientific method, science ethics, etc.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in course discussion(s) (you may miss max. 2 sessions [please inform the instructor ahead of time])
Formal philosophical debate

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Heighten participants awareness of the (often implicit) philosophical bases of their own and others' disciplines and work; foster their ability to apply some of the philosophical methods to their own work (and life); and a thorough understanding of the core topics discussed in the course, especially those which are relevant for cognitive science and the behavioural sciences, and life in general.

Examination topics


Reading list

At your discretion - i.e. during the course, you will be able to find out which books or papers you may want to read.

Association in the course directory

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