Philosophy of Psychology

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 19828

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites 60 credits of philosophy

Module description

To what extent should our understanding of the mind be informed by the data gathered in psychological research? The course aims at offering an answer to this question by examining the interplay between philosophical theories of the mind and psychological data on human rationality. We shall read about psychological experiments on human reasoning and assess the traditional claim that humans are rational animals by exploring the difference between intelligence and rationality, the limitations in our reasoning capacities, the interplay between the cognitive and the affective, and the relationship between rationality and sanity.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly 2-hour classes including discussion of selected readings