What is the relation of the mind to the body? What is cognition? Can machines have mental lives? The minor in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition focuses on foundational questions about the mind and its relation to the rest of nature. You will develop conceptual tools and skills for thinking about the mind from an interdisciplinary standpoint and investigate fundamental questions about the nature of thought, reason, and action.
Philosophy of Mind and Cognition Minor
This minor pairs well with Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Brain Science, Computer Science, Informatics, and other areas. Despite the specified nature of the minor, students can still customize the requirements to their intellectual interests and major discipline.
The minor in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition requires PHIL-P 360 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and COGS-Q 240. You must also take one of the following courses: PHIL P-250 Introductory Symbolic Logic, PHIL-P 251 Intermediate Symbolic Logic or PHIL-P 352 Logic and Philosophy. Lastly, students choose two courses from the following: PHIL-P 211 Early Modern Philosophy, PHIL-P 310 Topics in Metaphysics, PHIL-P 312 Topics in the Theory of Knowledge, PHIL-P 320 Philosophy of Language, or PHIL-P 366 Philosophy of Action. At least 9 credits taken for the minor must be 300 or 400 level.