Faculty of Arts

PHIL 320

Philosophy of Mind

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 320.


There are many philosophical problems concerning mental lives (in particular, human mental lives), how they are constituted and what makes them possible - problems which have generated a vast literature and diverse important philosophical theories. Theories introduced and critically examined will include dualisms, but will mainly comprise forms of physicalism such as philosophical behaviourism, the identity theory and especially various functionalist theories. Essential ingredients of the course will concern philosophical concepts and methodology relevant to grasping contemporary debates in philosophy of mind and also applicable in some other courses discussing contemporary philosophical debates.

Availability 2018

Semester 1




David Braddon-Mitchell and Frank Jackson, Philosophy of Mind and Cognition: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (Blackwell Publishing, 2006)

This reading will be supplemented by one or more course booklets together with materials made available online.


Coursework + exam


PHIL 320: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy or 30 points from HISTORY 240, PHIL 260, SCIGEN 201


PHIL 200

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