PHIL 2039 - Philosophy of Mind
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2039 Course Philosophy of Mind Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units Level I Humanities/Social Sciences, including 3 units in Philosophy or PHIL 2030 Incompatible PHIL 2016 or PHIL 3016 Course Description The human mind presents us with a number of mysteries. It is difficult to understand how minds fit into the physical world and interact with material things. It is hard to explain how minds are capable of representing the world in all its diversity. And it is a deep mystery how conscious experience, that most enigmatic feature of the mind, relates to our bodies and brains. Philosophy of Mind will consider all of these puzzles, and current attempts (both philosophical and scientific) to solve them.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Opie
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Course Learning Outcomes
- Introduce students to two central problems in the philosophy of mind: the nature of consciousness, and our capacity for mental representation.
- Develop an understanding of other topics in the philosophy of mind such as externalism, functionalism and our sense of self.
- Be aware of the main philosophical positions in philosophy of mind.
- Have experience in analyzing and critiquing written arguments.
- Show improvement in problem solving and critical reasoning skills.
- Be able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in a group setting.
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University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6
Required ResourcesTutorial readings and reading lists will be made available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe following are worth purchasing or borrowing:
- Cummins, R. (1991) Meaning and Mental Representation, Bradford Books.
- Revonsuo, A (2010) Consciousness: The Science of Subjectivity, Psychology Press.
Online LearningLecture notes will be made available on MyUni each week, and the lectures will be recorded. To prepare for tutorials, you are required to answer a set of tutorial questions. These will be made available on MyUni in the week preceding the tutorial.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures. There are two lectures each week, which can be attended in person or viewed on MyUni.
Tutorials. Tutorials are designed to help you understand the lecture material, but may touch on other topics. To prepare for tutorials, please answer the questions made available each week on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.2 x 1 hour lecture per week
1 hour tutorial per week
3 hours revision per week
3 hours tutorial preparation per week
3 hours assessment work (essay and exam preparation)
Total per week 12 hours
Learning Activities SummaryIntroduction: Marks of the Mental (1 Lecture)
Topic 1: Representation – A Primer (2 Lectures)Peirce's Triadic Analysis. Mental Representation.
Topic 2: How does the Mind Represent the World? (7 Lectures)Theories of Representation and Content Determination. Resemblance.Causation. Indicator Theories. Biological Role. Externalism.The Intentional Stance. Resemblance Revisited. Error and Explanation.
Topic 3: What is Consciousness, and How is it to be Explained? (11 Lectures)Consciousness and Qualia. Mind and Body. Representational Theories.Information Processing Theories. Multiple Drafts. Biological Naturalism.Mechanistic Explanation. Conscious Selves
Conclusion: Marks of the Mental Revisited (1 Lecture)
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Task Type Weight Essay 1 Summative 20% Essay 2 Summative 40% Essay 3 Summative 40% Tutorials Formative Unweighted
Assessment DetailYour assessment in Philosophy of Mind will involve one short essay, and two longer essays. The word limits below are lower and upper bounds, respectively.
- Essay 1 (750-900 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 1.
- Essay 2 (1500-1800 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 2.
- Essay 3 (1500-1800 words). Choose one question, to be provided, on Topic 3.
SubmissionSubmit your essays by posting them on MyUni. Details of the submission process will be provided before the due date. Make sure you keep a backup copy of each essay that you submit, either as a computer file or a photocopy.
Each essay must satisfy the following requirements:
- It must acknowledge any dependence, either direct or indirect, on source material.
- It must include a reference list of all material cited in the essay.
- It must not lie outside the specified word limits.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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