FI3010 - Philosophy of Mind


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

What is the mind? What constitutes a thinking or intelligent system, be it biological or artificial? What is consciousness? How do any of these things relate to the physical and social environment? Examples of more specific questions in this area include: What is the relation between mind and brain? How can we know what other people think, perceive, or feel? To what extent can the mind be explained or illuminated scientifically, for example by neuroscience, psychology or other fields in cognitive science? While previous knowledge of such fields is not required, students will have the chance to integrate their knowledge from those or other specialist fields with themes from contemporary philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science. In this way, they contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of the scope and possibilities of explaining the mind in a naturalistic manner.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome (defined as knowledge and skills)


The candidate has

  • knowledge of the mind-body problem and the various positions on this (dualism, identity theory, functionalism, including modern interpretations.)
  • knowledge of some specific problems and topics in philosophy of mind and cognition, such as: intentionality, perception, consciousness, embodiment, pain, attention, emotion, personal identity etc.


The candidate has

  • the ability to integrate and apply existing knowledge from other fields to philosophical considerations, leading to an interdisciplinary understanding of the scope and possibilities of explaining the mind or some aspect thereof naturalistically.

Learning methods and activities

Supervision, self-study.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies arranges open seminars on a variety of topics which may include themes in philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of science of relevance to FI3010.

In order to sit the exam the students must hand in an approved reading list to the Department.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved reading list

Further on evaluation

Evaluation through essay (11-15 pages/4400-6000 words), where the theme is decided upon in consultation with the supervisor. The style should be conceptual/argumentative/philosophical.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Syllabus is decided upon in collaboration with supervisor. Students who have taken an elective course with specialisation in philosophy must ensure that the theme and syllabus are distinct from this.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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