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Course module: BMB501016
Philosophy of Neuroscience
Course info
Course codeBMB501016
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Neuroscience and Cognition;
Contact personprof. J. van Honk
Course contact
prof. J. van Honk
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Teaching period
BMS_P4_A  (24/04/2023 to 02/07/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark1 - 30 June 2023. Apply via Osiris Student. Max 25 participants.
Enrolment periodfrom 30/01/2023 up to and including 26/02/2023
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 03/04/2023 up to and including 04/04/2023
Waiting listYes
Course goals
After completing the course the student:
  1. has knowledge of the history of neuroscience starting from the early beginnings with Aristotle;
  2. Knows the basics of the philosophy of science and especially the philosophy of neuroscience;
  3. Is able to analyse scientific literature according to the rigorous principles of philosophy of science (Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos);
  4. understands the conceptual and methodological problems of neuroscience;
  5. can use the above knowledge in the writing of assignments/papers on the philosophy of neuroscience in such a way that is strengthens creativity and scientific argumentation.
Period (from - till): 1 June 2022 - 30 June 2023.

Course description
This course is offers compact, rigorous and practical journey in the philosophy of neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, philosophy, cognition and mind. Philosophy of neuroscience explores the relevance of neuroscientific studies in the fields of cognition, emotion, consciousness and philosophy of mind, by applying the conceptual rigor and methods of philosophy of science. The teaching will start with the basics of philosophy of science including the work of Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend, and use a methodological evaluation scheme developed from this work that allows rigorous evaluating neuroscientific
research as science or pseudoscience. Furthermore, there will be attention for the historical routes of neuroscience starting with Aristotle, and the conceptual problems in neuroscience, methodological confusions in neuroscience, dualism and fysicalism. The main aim of the course is provide wide-ranging understanding of the significance, strengths and weaknesses of fields of neuroscience, which helps in critical thinking, creativity, methodological precision and scientific writing.

Literature/study material used
Book Chapters and Articles on Neurophilosophy and Philosophy of Neuro(science).

You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. Maximum 25 participants.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Individual assignment





Active participation
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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