Philosophy of Mind (PhD programme)
(PMPHD)

 This course requires an enrolment key


In the 1980s Frank Jackson has devised the “knowledge argument” against the physicalist view that phenomenal consciousness can be accommodated within the physical world. This argument sparked off a considerable and intense philosophical debate that is still ongoing.

The course will focus on some principal dimensions of this philosophical discussion. In particular, we will consider how to formulate the physicalist thesis with regard to phenomenal consciousness. Moreover, we will consider and evaluate different versions of an influential reply to the knowledge argument, known as the “phenomenal concept strategy”. Such an evaluation will involve addressing philosophical issues concerning our first-personal knowledge of conscious experience and the nature of the concepts deployed in this knowledge.

During the course, you will be encouraged to think critically and philosophically about these issues, evaluate and produce arguments. You will be expected to do the same in assessment.

This course requires an enrolment key