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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Philosophy

Undergraduate Course: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the problems and concepts in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language that are central to philosophy. By examining in detail some of the key arguments and texts in philosophy of mind and language it will develop students' ability to understand and be critical of philosophical argument.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Philosophy course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay (1500 words) and 1 exam at the end of the semester.
Coursework counts for 25%; exam for 75%.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Mind, Matter and Language2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Mind, Matter and Language2:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will:

Understand the philosophical positions of dualism, behaviourism, identity theory, intentional realism, instrumentalism and eliminatavism.

Understand the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness and be able to critically examine the crucial thought experiments designed to support the claims regarding its existence.

Understand the nature of the debate concerning folk psychology and our grip on other agents' mental states.

Become familiar with the central concepts in the theory of meaning.

Be able to explain and argue for the distinction between the sense and reference of a linguistic expression.

Know the difference between the descriptive and causal theory of names and be able to explain the significance of the concept of rigid designation.

Have some appreciation of the significance of these issues for other areas of philosophy.

For students taking this as their only philosophy course, be unculcated with an understanding of the nature of philosophy and an appreciation of the value of
characteristically philosophical ways of thinking.
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Additional Class Delivery Information Lecturers:
Dr Dave Ward
Dr Tillman Vierkant
Prof Andy Clark
Dr Mark Sprevak
Dr Anders J Schoubye
Joey Pollock
KeywordsPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of languageMind-body problem IntentionalitySense and reference
Course organiserDr Anders Schoubye
Course secretaryMiss Sophie Menzies
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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