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Course content

This course delves more deeply into some of the central themes in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind. There will be two variants, each focussing on a set of core issues within these areas:

  • One variant will concentrate on the marks of the mental, and will, among other things, focus on different approaches to the question of the various kind of mental content, including sensory qualities and the contents of thought and other so-called propositional attitudes.
  • Another variant will focus on what kind of theory we can have of the nature of consciousness, on how consciousness can exist in the physical world, as well as how various philosophical views of consciousness are related to the different approaches of the special sciences.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give the participants:

  • an in-depth knowledge of some central issues in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind
  • the ability critically to evaluate different philosophical views on the topics covered
  • the ability to express themselves in academic forms, both orally and in writing.


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Recommended previous knowledge

A basic knowledge in metaphysics and philosophy of mind


24 hours of seminars and lectures.

Compulsory tuition activities:

  • Written assignment of 3-4 pages which you submit in Canvas.
  • An oral presentation

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, your essay must be approved (accepted as satisfactory) by the teacher.

The compulsory activities are only valid the semester you complete the course.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance <>.


A term paper of approximately 10 pages (exclusive of bibliography and references).

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.

You submit your exam in Inspera.

When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. This however requires that you submit a the obligatory draft to your teacher.

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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are
available at our web-pages but generally only in Norwegian

Facts about this course






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Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)