Subject details

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

  1. understand contemporary approaches to the mind-body problem in light of the history of modern science.
  2. recognise the differences and similarities between philosophical and psychological approaches to mind.
  3. engage with the phenomenological critique of philosophy of mind and psychology.
    • Colour is Subjective, Right?
    • Mind and Matter
    • The Mind: Blank Slate or Ready Made?
    • The Active Mind: Sensibility and Understanding
    • The Science of Mind
    • But, Where is the Mind? Mind and Behaviour
    • The Return of the Mind: The Mental Computer
    • Extending the Mind, Losing the Subject?
    • The Mind and/or the Brain?
    • The Enigma of Subjectivity
    • The Mathematical Object
    • Rethinking Subject and Object
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming


Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Can computers fall in love? Does our subjective experience matter? Are we mindless Zombies? Where is the mind? This subject traces the repeated discovery and loss of the mind by examining the historical trajectory of the mind-body problem as indelibly tied to the history of modern science which links minds to brains or computers. The subject discusses philosophical and psychological approaches to mind in the broader context of the development of the social sciences.

  • 2000 words (40%)
  • Closed book Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • 800-1000 words (20%)

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