FIL4100 – Metaphysics/Philosophy of Mind

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The content of the course will vary from year to year, but it will be based on current central problems within metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. The seminar will be based on philosophical texts, current relevant research articles and original texts.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the student is expected to

  • have a good knowledge of the course literature
  • be able to acquire and critically relate to relevant research within the field
  • be able to discuss topics and problems within metaphysics and/or philosophy of mind in a critical and philosophical way


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.

Requires admission to thePhilosophy (master's two years).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FIL4120 – Metaphysics/philosophy of Mind with long essay


12 double sessions which are a combination of seminars and lectures. Active participation form all students will be expected.

The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • A draft of the term paper which you submit in Canvas.
  • Some short written assignments which you Submit in Canvas (more information will be published in Canvas).

All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order for the student to qualify for the final exam. The activities are closely linked to the teaching, and are therefore only valid the semester they are completed.

How to apply for valid absence from obligatory activity / mandatory presence




A term paper of 10-12 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. references and footnotes. You must consult your teacher regarding the topic.When you write a term paper you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft to your teacher within the given deadline.

You submit your exam in Inspera.

All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to qualify for the exam.

Assessment guidelines fall 2019

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

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)