Philosophy of Mind and Brain


Course Objective

After completing this course you:
- are familiar with the most important contemporary positions and
concepts regarding the mind-body problem
- can explain the main philosophical issues surrounding the mind-body
- are able to critically engage with these issues in your area of
- are able to present, discuss and analyze these issues both verbally
and in writing

Course Content

The question of how the mind is related to the body, also known as the
"mind-body problem", is one of the most important problems in
philosophy. In this advanced master course we will discuss the state of
the art of this problem, focusing on contemporary debates between
traditional brain-bound views of cognition and recent ‘4E Cognition’
approaches, according to which cognition is embodied, embedded, enacted
and extended.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (interactive)

Method of Assessment

Written assignment (20%), oral presentation (20%), paper proposal
(sufficient), final paper (60%)

Entry Requirements

Meeting of general admission criteria for the program as a whole; no
additional requirements.


A reading list will be published on Canvas.
Recommended literature (as preparation for this course): M. Slors, L.C.
de Bruin and D. Strijbos, Philosophy of Mind, Brain, and Behaviour.
Boom: Amsterdam, 2015

Target Audience

Research master neuroscience students and those with equal
qualifications (which will evaluated by the neuroscience department

General Information

Course Code W_MA_NSPMB
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin
Examiner dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin
Teaching Staff dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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