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Philosophy of Psychology - PHL262

Psychologists study the mind, but what exactly is a mind? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? What is consciousness? Do we know our own minds, or are we driven by unconscious motivations? In this unit we will examine these big philosophical questions about the mind, and we will also explore the philosophical foundations of different forms of psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy is advertised as “evidence based”. What does the evidence show about its effectiveness? What is the scientific status of psychoanalysis—is it a pseudoscience, as its critics maintain? We will also explore topical issues in the philosophy of psychology, such as the following. To what extent, if any, can differences between the sexes be explained by brain differences? Did humans evolve to be racist? Do non-human animals have minds? What makes us choose our romantic partners, and where do we fall when we fall in love? No background in psychology is necessary for this unit.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 Online - Session 1, Online

Staff Contact(s): Dr Alexander Gillett

(12cp at 100 level or above) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHIL262, PHI220, PHIX262
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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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