Philosophy of Mind and Action

Course Information
TitleΦιλοσοφία του νου και της πράξης / Philosophy of Mind and Action
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorChristos Ntouskos
Course ID600018391

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 73
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
(a) Having completed the course, students will be familiar with established theories in the 20th century philosophy of mind. (b) Having completed the course, students will be familiar with the fundamental issues that relate to the nature of mental processes and their manifestation in human action. (c) Having completed the course, students will have developed the skills necessary to engage with philosophical texts in the area of philosophy of mind and action. (d) Having completed the course, students will have developed the necessary critical skills to understand and assess philosophical arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course deals with a range of questions that concern the nature of mental states and processes and their manifestation in human action. We shall examine some established theories in the area of the philosophy of mind, such as behaviorism, functionalism, anomalous monism and reductive physicalism. Then we examine how these theories deal with issue such as the following ones. What are the distinctive marks of the mental? What is the relation between mind and brain? What is the nature of mental causation? We also examine related questions in the philosophy of action. Is the relation between intention and action a causal one? What distinguishes an action from a mere event or process? We assess the ways in which different approaches to the nature of human mind deal with such questions.
philosophy of mind, philosophy of action
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1084.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Kim, Jaegwon, Η Φιλοσοφία του Νου, Εκδόσεις Leader Books, Αθήνα, 2005. ISBN 960-7901-57-6, ISBN-13 978-960-7901-57-6 Searle, John Ανακαλύπτοντας ξανά το νού, Αθήνα: Γκοβόστη. 1997. ISBN: 9789602707616
Additional bibliography for study
Goldman, Alvin. Γνωσιοεπιστήμη: φιλοσοφικές εφαρμογές. Μετάφραση: Γ. Μαραγκός. Εκδόσεις Οδυσσέας. Ryle, Gilbert. Η Έννοια του νου. Μετάφραση: Γιώργος Μαραγκός. Προσβάσιμο στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση:ΦΑ004.1/PhM%20B.pdf Βενιέρη, Μαρία. “Λειτουργισµός και qualia”, ∆ευκαλίων 20 (2002), 197- 209. Davidson, D. «Νοητικά συμβάντα». Μετάφραση. Λ. Θεοδωράτου. Δευκαλίων 39. (1985), σ. 373-395 Nagel, Thomas. “Τι νιώθει κανείς όντας νυχτερίδα»; Στο Dennett Daniel και C.,Hofstadter Douglas (επίμ) Το Εγώ της Νόησης. Μετάφραση: Μυρτώ Αντωνοπούλου. Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο. Πακέτο σημειώσεων καθηγητή
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