Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Where? Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich - When? Summer term (2021)
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the basic ideas and methods of cognitive science: the interdisciplinary study of the mind. Understanding cognition poses unique challenges, unprecedented in the history of science. It seems to require that researchers across traditional disciplinary boundaries, interrogate common sense assumptions about our everyday experience, and face up to deep philosophical questions about nature itself.
Social neuroscience: Methods, debates & theories
Where? Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich - When? Summer term (2020)
Course Description: This course is co-organised with Dr. Bahador Bahrami (LMU) and Prof. Ophelia Deroy (LMU). The seminar will be based on the discussion of current papers in the domain of social neuroscience . We aim to discuss 3 papers per session on topics relating to social influence, collective decision-making, social comparisons and hierarchy, reputation, trust and cooperation, and social learning strategies. The papers will look at both neural, behavioural and theoretical contributions.
Philosophical Methods: Reading & Writing
Where? Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich - When? Winter term (2019-2020)
Course Description: This course explores the main principles and methods for reading and writing philosophy papers. This includes reading techniques for efficiently accessing the paper's main arguments, strenghts and weaknesses. We also cover writing tips ranging from developing an idea to a fully fledged argument.
Williamson’s ‘Modal logic as metaphysics’
Where? Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich - When? Winter term (2018-2021)
Course Description: What is, what might be and what cannot be? Does conceptual possibility entail existence? Do future and past events share the same existence claims than present events? While many philosophical answers to these pivotal questions in metaphysics terminate in conceptual confusion, Timothy Williamson in his Modal Logic as Metaphysics uses quantified modal logic to supply a central structural core to metaphysics such that conceptual confusion can be avoided. The course engages with Williamson’s novel approach to formulating metaphysical problems with higher-order modal logic.