Philosophical Approaches

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Doel vak

Students will acquire knowledge of and insight in central debates in
philosophy of science relevant to neuroscience.

Inhoud vak

The course focuses on two central topics in neurophilosophy: 1)
mechanistic explanation and 2) causal explanation.
1) There is a growing consensus in philosophy that neuroscientists
provide mechanistic explanations. Basically, the idea is that
neuroscientists explain by appealing to entities and events at a lower
level of organization—parts and operations in the brain- whose
orchestrated functioning results in the phenomenon of interest. But what
exactly is a mechanism? What do we mean when we talk about 'levels'? Are
mechanistic explanations reductionistic?
2) Neuroscientists often conclude that what we do or think is 'caused'
by the brain. But how do we establish causal relations between brain
processes on the one hand, and behavior and cognition on the other? Do
cognitive processes also have a causal impact on our brain and behavior?
Is that even possible?


Lectures, in-class discussions, student presentations.


Written exam (60%), writing assignment (20%), oral presentation (20%).
Guidelines and assessment criteria for papers will be distributed in


Readings will be announced and/or made available via Canvas.


Students enrolled in the Master Philosophy 2yr, track Philosophy of
Neuroscience. Open to other MA students as well (send me an email before
the start of the course).

Overige informatie

This course is part of the Master Philosophy 2yr, track Philosophy of

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_MA_NSPA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin
Examinator dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin
Docenten dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin

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