This course is discontinued

FIL4110 – Metaphysics/Philosophy of Mind with short essay

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Course content

The content of the course may 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

The aim is to give students an in depth knowledge of a specific topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. 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.

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

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Teaching takes place throughout the semester with two hours per week. Active participation from the students in the form of written presentations throughout the seminar is expected.


A 4-hours school exam and a short essay of approximately 10-15 pages. The topic of the essay must be approved of by the responsible teacher.

When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft to your teacher. An exact deadline for handing in the draft will be given by the teacher during the seminar.

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

How to ask for individual explantion of grade
How to file a complaint against your grade

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)