FI3010 - Philosophy of Mind


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

What is the mind? What are mental states? What is consciousness? How do any of these things relate to the physical world, including the brain? To what extent can the mind be explained or illuminated scientifically, by neuroscience or other branches of cognitive science? This course aims to allow students to integrate and apply knowledge they already possess from specialist fields of study to themes from contemporary philosophy of mind, thereby providing 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, eliminativism, etc.)
  • knowledge of some specific aspects of minds which philosophers and cognitive scientists have been particular concerned with, such as: intentionality, perception, consciousness, pain, attention, emotion, personal identity etc.


The candidate has

  • the ability to integrate and apply existing knowledge from a specialist field 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. Students are also welcome to attend the lecture series on philosophy of mind in the autumn semester (course code FI2106). In the spring semester 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, whilst some topics in the (open) lecture series FI1107 Language and reality may also be of relevance.

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

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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