What is the mind? How are mind and body related? And how should we investigate such questions? In this course we will look into the contemporary philosophy of mind and cognition. The course starts with a general overview of main topics in philosophy of mind and cognition, and their roots in metaphysics, phenomenology and epistemology. We will discuss a range of traditional philosophical problems, such as the mind-body problem, including questions on mental causation; the problem of other minds, including questions on social cognition and the distinction between first and third person experience, including problems of intentionality and consciousness. In each class we will examine contemporary approaches to these problems and discuss the relation to empirical research.
Master's Week: Meet & AskDiscover which programme suits you best (and whether the UvA is right for you). Find out in our Meet & Ask sessions, during which there will be a short presentation and you will be able to ask lecturers and students all your questions live. The next UvA Master’s Week will take place from 5 to 11 November 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I enrol in a Master's if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's?
We advise you not to wait until the registration deadline before enrolling in the Master's programme. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we can inform you about your admission. When you enrol, you are not required to immediately upload your degree certificate. If you have not yet obtained your degree certificate but are in possession of all the other application documents, you can go ahead and submit your enrolment. You will then have until 31 August to upload your Bachelor's degree. Please check out the Graduate School of Humanities website for the application procedure.
I have a different question concerning the application process. Who can I contact?
You will find this programme's admission criteria on the 'Application and admission' page. If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate School of Humanities' Admissions Office.
What are my options after graduation?
After you have completed this programme, you can choose pursue an academic career or you can enter the job market. Please find more information on the 'Careers' page.
How do I go about finding housing in Amsterdam?
Finding housing in Amsterdam is often difficult because of the high demand with regard to student accommodation, but by starting your search on time and putting in some effort, students usually succeed at finding something. Many students find accommodation by word of mouth or social media. Please check out the page below for all of our information related to finding housing.
Is it possible to do this programme in part-time?
Yes, this programme can also be done in part-time mode of study. Part-time students obtain 30 ECTS per academic year, which equates to 12-18 ECTS per semester. You will attend the same lectures as full-time students. Your programme coordinator will deliberate with you regarding the composition of your study programme.
When does the programme start?
Just like all of the other Graduate School of Humanities programmes, this programme will start in September. It is not possible to start at a different time.
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