FIL4200 – Theory of Cognition and Philosophy of Science

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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 epistemology and philosophy of science. The seminar will be based on philosophical texts, current relevant research articles and original texts.

Learning outcome

To complete the course the student is expected to:

  • have good knowledge of the core texts for the course
  • be able to apply knowledge of the course area in order to critically evaluate new research contributions in the literature.
  • be able to discuss the philosophical issues covered in the course in a critical and professional manner, both orally and in writing.


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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.

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Requires admission to the Master's programme in philosophy.


24 hours of seminar.

Active participation and regular attendance is expected.

The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • You must submit 1-3 questions or comments on the text for discussion each week. To be submitted on Canvas before each seminar. 8 of these must be submitted.

  • An oral presentation of one of the texts, approximately 15 minutes

The compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to be able to submit the exam. The activities are closely linked to the teaching, and are therefore only valid the semester they are completed.

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



A trem paper of approximately 10-12 pages, references and foot notes not included. You submit the exam in Inspera. 

You are entitled to supervision provided you hand in a draft of the paper.

Evaluation criteria fall 2018.



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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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

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Facts about this course






Spring 2022

Autumn 2018

Spring 2017

The course is offered on an irregular basis.


Spring 2022

Autumn 2018

Spring 2017

The course is offered on an irregular basis.

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