Course Description

Course Name

Mind and Reality

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Do we have free-will? How are our minds related to our bodies? Does God exist? What about time? And other questions about what exists in the world.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will acquire:
-Ability to read and write philosophical texts
-Understanding of what philosophy is and how it is done
-Ability to identify and critically assess arguments
-Grasp of key ideas about mind and reality

Course Structure
The world is an awe-inspiring place. Socrates taught that if we want to live well here, we should understand the world as best we can. So in this paper, we learn to think about very general questions about the nature of reality. We try to formulate ideas as carefully as possible and then examine them for truth and validity. We get as clear as we can about 'big' topics that matter: whether or not there is a god; whether your mind is any different than your brain; whether time is real; and whether or not you are the same person you were 10 years ago.

-Two essays 15% each
-Final exam 70%

A coursebook and readings are provided.

*Course content subject to change