Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2015: Body and Mind

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Joel Krueger (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will consider current debates in philosophy and cognitive science over the extent to which the mind depends upon an agent’s body and surrounding environment. Recently, many theorists have argued that mental processes depend upon structures in both the body-beyond-the-brain as well as the natural and social world. Some even argue that the boundaries of the mind literally extend beyond skin and skull. In this course you will investigate the strength and scope of these claims; you will also consider their philosophical, methodological, and empirical consequences. Course material will consist of both philosophical and empirical literature.

Questions include: In what ways does an embodied approach challenge traditional approaches in philosophy of mind and cognitive science? What is the relationship between movement, thought, and experience? How do we experience and live through our bodies? Does the mind extended beyond the head? What is an embodied approach to language? Emotion? Social cognition? Gender? Disability? Psychopathology?

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