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CSMN4010 – Rational Agency

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The Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) is based at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK) at the University of Oslo. It is a Center of Excellence mainly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
The overarching goal is to understand the normative dimensions of the human mind in terms that allow us to see them as integrated parts of the natural world.

The project is structured into three main areas of research: rational, linguistic and moral actions. The Masters courses within the CSMN framework fall into these 3 catagories.

Courses in rational agency cover topics in rationality, agency and related issues in general epistemology and metaphysics, and also evolutionary approaches to such topics. Courses will address issues on the interface between philosophy and sciences like psychology, biology and decisions science.

For further details, please refer to the semester page for the relevant semester.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give students an in depth knowledge of a specific topic within within the philosophical field of rational agency. Through active participation in class and writing of an essay, students will develop the ability to express themselves in academic forms, both orally and in writing.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Only master degree students in philosophy can formally enroll, and take the course for credit.


Teaching may take the form of regular seminars and lectures spread throughout the semester. It may also take the form of supervised reading or active participation in CSMNs workshops and seminars, or any combination of the above depending on the length of the seminar or workshop in question.

For detailed information, please refer to the Events section of the CSMN home page and the semester pages.

The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • An obligatory draft for the term paper

All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to take the final exam.


A term paper of approximately 10 pages excl. references. You submit your paper in Fronter.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Spring 2017

Spring 2013

The course is offered on an irregular basis.


Spring 2017

Spring 2013

The course is offered on an irregular basis.

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