Philosophy of Mind and Action - PHIL5780

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Lubomira Radoilska checkmark-circle


The aim of this course is to engage in the study of specific topics in the philosophy of mind, language, or action and to engage with the criticism of contemporary approaches as it is found in the works of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Anscombe, and/or Austin.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Seminar Performance – 10%
Group Presentation (25 minutes) – 10%
Written Assignment (1,000 words) – 30%
Essay (2,500 words) – 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:
1 Show systematic critical understanding of selected authors and topics in contemporary philosophy of mind, language, or action (content);
2 Demonstrate developed skills in exegesis, critical analysis, and assessment of a small selection of contemporary journal articles in the philosophy of mind, language, or action (research/content);
3 Show systematic understanding of the arguments for and against (including counter replies, etc.), and the relationships between the topics covered in the class. These topics are likely to change from one year to the next, but have in the past included Thinking, Category Mistakes, The Intellectualist Legend, Knowing How vs Knowing That, Intention, Practical Knowledge, Agency, Understanding, Sensations, and Seeing-As;
4 Engage critically and analytically with original philosophical texts;
5 Engage critically and analytically in oral and written philosophical argumentation.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:
1 Reconstruct and critically analyse arguments;
2 Read texts in a disciplined and creative manner;
3 Communicate clearly and cogently complex ideas both orally and in written work;
4 Form own original ideas and engage in constructive and academically rigorous discussion;
5 Work independently and reflectively and develop student-based learning through individual study and research;
6 Work methodically in small groups and develop good communication and collaboration skills through class presentation and discussion (learning skills);
7 Use systematically the University library and other information resources.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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