FIL4120 – Metaphysics/philosophy of Mind with long 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 also develop the ability to express themselves in academic forms, both orally and in writing.


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Only master degree students in philosophy can formally enroll, and take the course for credits. The 30-credits version of the course is available only for students who choose to write a MA-essay, FIL4091, instead of a Master's Thesis, FIL4090, and therefore need further 30 credits.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FIL4100 – Metaphysics/Philosophy of Mind


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

The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • A written assignment of 4-5 pages à 2300 characters which must be submitted in Canvas

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


An essay of 25-50 pages à 2300 characters, excl. bibliography.

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.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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