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Masters degrees in Mental Philosophy examine the philosophy of thinking and the mind, covering topics such as cognition and mental reasoning.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Epistemology, Mind and Language. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as History, Philosophy or Psychology.
Philosophy of the Mind explores the mind-body paradigm, analysing the ways in which the brain is related to the mind, aiming to pinpoint what consciousness is and assessing issues such as free will.
Dualism and monism are the two major competing philosophies in this field. The former asserts that the mind and body are two separate entities, while the latter posits that the mind and body are not distinct ontological entities.
Within these schools of thought (no pun intended), you may investigate the ways in which mental states drive our actions, and explore emotional responses to various situations. Or, you might explore differences in mental perceptions, for example colour. Fields outside of Philosophy like cognitive neuroscience could also form part of the syllabus.
Careers are highly varied for Mental Philosophy students, and may include roles in academia and publishing, journalism and broadcasting, and even the development of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).
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What is it to have a mind? Are mental properties reducible to neural properties? Could a computer ever truly think? Can we know what it is like to be a bat? On this programme you will explore issues in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, such as the nature of intentionality, physicalism, rationality and interpretation, computation, perception, and consciousness. Read more
Our flagship Philosophy programme offers excellent opportunities to enhance your learning among a large, vibrant and supportive postgraduate and research community at a university that has long been associated with some of the field’s most important thinkers, such as David Hume. Read more
The programme, unique in the UK for its combination of philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology, examines the concept of science, the knowledge it provides and the way in which the production of knowledge is organised in society. Read more
Ideas and patterns of thought always have been, and continue to be, subject to historical change. The ways in which they change, and the reasons why they do so, make for fascinating study. Read more
By studying in the School of History, Art History, Philosophy and American Studies, you will join a vibrant community where high-calibre teaching and research is combined with a stimulating and supportive environment.
The university’s degree programs at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, and other esteemed graduate institutes offer endless opportunities for creative, curious, and critical minds.