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Philosophy of Psychology: Philosophy of Mind


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to MA students in 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 Merlin Donald’s modern classic, Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition (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 mankind forms a psychological unity. In this course we shall read and discuss a cross-section from recent work in evolutionary psychology and palaeoanthropology.

Course objectives

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


Time and place of the meetings will be established in consultation.

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

  • Presentation (25%)

  • Participation in discussion (15%)

  • Midterm paper (20%)

  • Final paper (40%)


Blackboard is used for sharing reading materials, assignments, discussion and feedback.

Reading list

  • Syllabus to be announced


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Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact information

Dr. J.J.M. Sleutels