Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. learn basic theories and approaches in philosophy of mind
  2. learn to express your opinion and interpretations of philosophical readings
  3. learn to close-read and evaluate a philosophical text
  4. learn to write an argument and essay.

Graduate capabilities

  1. Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills
  2. Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking
  3. Problem Solving and Research Capability
  4. Creative and Innovative
  5. Effective Communication
  6. Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative
  7. Commitment to Continuous Learning
    • Introduction
    • Cartesian Dualism
    • Behaviourism
    • Identity Theory
    • Functionalism
    • Representational Theory of Mind
    • Externalism
    • Consciousness
    • Non-Western Philosophy of Mind
    • The Modular Mind
    • The Unconscious Mind
    • Predictive Processing
    • Animal Minds
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • NCCW: MAQ-PHI220


You must complete some Level 1 studies before starting this subject. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PHI220 Body and Mind.

This subject explores the relationship between the body and the mind. It introduces students to the central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, focusing on the issue of whether the mind can be incorporated into the scientific picture of the world. The first part of the subject consists of a survey of competing philosophical theories of the mind: dualism, behaviourism, the identity theory, and functionalism. The second half consists of a discussion of some topical issues in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. What is the nature of phenomenal (subjective) experience? What is consciousness? Is a physical theory of consciousness possible? What is the role of the body in cognitive processes?

  • First Essay (30%)
  • Final Essay (40%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Quizzes (15%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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