Courses and handouts for 2009/10

Semester 1

Consciousness and Cognition (2RAW) [Level 3 - non-Honours]

Enrolment for 2010/11: 20th September at 4pm in Room 201, 11 University Gardens.

This is a non-Honours Level 3 course for the three year MA (Designated Degree). It runs in the first semester from September - December.

Broad Course Outline

Consciousness studies is currently an active research area and it would be good for students graduating with a designated "Philosophical Studies" degree to understand something of the lively debate. Students will learn why consciousness is an issue, why we want to know something about it, why it is not easy to get the answers. For example, we don't know what we mean by 'consciousness', and when we think we know we find we don't agree. The different approaches adopted by cognitive psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, and divinity, add to the initial confusion. It is these approaches that will form the basis for our study. This course will lead students through the 'minefield' of the consciousness debate, concentrating on three broad perspectives: human consciousness, animal consciousness, and machine consciousness.

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Stephen Bostock's Animal Consciousness Lecture Notes


Consciousness (Senior Honours)

First meeting for 2010/11: 20th September at 1pm in The Gloag Lecture Theatre, 8 Professors Square.

The class meets every Monday and Thursday from 1pm - 2pm.

The set text for this course is Adam Zeman's Consciousness a user's guide, Yale University Press, 2002. There are other recommended texts but most of the addtional course reading will be available via the web.

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Files not available electronically in any other way:

Nature's Psychologists, Nicholas Humphrey in Josephson, B. D. and Ramachandran, V. S., Eds. Consciousness and the Physical World, chapter 4, pp. 57-80, Oxford: Pergamon Press.



Semester 2

Space, Cyberspace and the Self (2RFW)

Enrolment for 2010/11: 1pm on Monday 10th January 2011 in Room J361, James Watt Building.

This is a non-Honours Level 3 course for the three year MA (Designated Degree). It runs in the second semester from January - May.

Broad Course Outline

The course will examine, from a number of perspectives, the notions of space, cyberspace, time and self-identity. Students will gain an insight into how different disciplines address areas of central concern. An approach of this sort will increase the breadth and depth of their understanding of the subject area whilst, at the same time, enabling them to conceive and consider comparisons and analogies that can be made between the disciplines.

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The Course Handbook


Kant's Epistemology and Metaphysics (Senior Honours)

The class hour is 2pm - 4pm every Monday, from 10th January 2011, for eleven weeks in Room 101, 7 University Gardens.

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Essay Writing Advice

For some excellent advice on writing a philosophy essay have a look at this page which provides a rich series of links from a variety of authors.


Philosophy of Mind, Religion, and Logic Courses taught previously by me

Religion Handout (PDF) for my part of the course on the ontological and teleological arguments.