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PH306D: CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY: HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN MINDS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This team-taught course is designed to expose students to topics of contemporary research interest. Each lecturer will teach 3-4 weeks of the course on topics related to their current research. The general theme of the course for this academic year is: Human and Non-Human Minds. Students will choose to write assessments from this broad spectrum of topics.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Luca Moretti

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This team-taught course is designed to expose students to topics of contemporary research interest. Each lecturer will teach 3-4 weeks of the course on topics related to their current research. The general theme of the course for this academic year is: Human and Non-Human Minds. Accordingly, the classes and tutorials of the course will cover issues and problems of: general philosophy of mind, animal minds, artificial minds (AI), and epistemology of various mental states and processes. These are some of questions that the course will investigate: can computers actually think? Can I shed my body and upload myself to a computer programme? If so, should I? Are our empirical beliefs rational considering that prejudices, desires and expectations can affect the content of our perceptions? Do we have non-circular reasons to trust our memory? How can we dispel the concern that a Cartesian demon or the Matrix might mislead our most elementary inferences? Students will choose to write assessments from this broad spectrum of topics.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

One essay of 3500 words  (50%) and one essay of 2000 words (50%)

 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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