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Philosophy of Psychology: Natural History of Mind


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to students in the MA programme Philosophy (120 EC), specialisation Philosophy of Psychology. Advanced knowledge of philosophy of mind and/or cognitive science is required.


The past decade has seen a surge of interest in the origins of the modern mind, headed by Donald Merlin’s modern classic, Origins of the Modern Mind (1991). Work in paleoanthropology and cognitive archeology, combined with studies in historical, cultural, and developmental psychology, is challenging the ahistorical bias of cognitive psychology at large, and puts under pressure the received idea that man¬kind forms a psychological unity. In this course we shall read and discuss recent work on the natural history of the mind.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2012-2013, MA Philosophy.
See Timetables Philosophy 2012-2013, MA Philosophy.

Mode of instruction

Depending on the number of enrolments this course will be offered either as a full seminar or as a series of individual tutorial sessions.

Assessment method

  • Participation in tutorial sessions (20 %)

  • Short midterm paper (30%)

  • End of term paper (50%)


Blackboard will be used for posting of texts, and as discussion board.

Reading list

To be announced


Please register for this course on uSis.
See Inschrijven voor cursussen en tentamens
See Registration for courses and examinations

Contact information

Dr. J.J.M. Sleutels