Hungary, Budapest

Matter, Mind and Consciousness - EUsummer school in Philosophy

when 18 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

This will be a course on philosophy of mind, focusing on three topics that have been the subject of a good deal of attention in the last five to ten years, and which are currently at the vanguard of research: Phenomenal Intentionality, Panpsychism, and Substance Dualism. There is a good deal of cutting-edge research being pursued on all three of these topics today. The course will introduce participants to this new work, and pursue many of the questions and controversies surrounding it. Of the seven faculty members, four are centrally concerned with Phenomenal Intentionality – two with the intentionality of perception and two with the intentionality of thought; two are centrally concerned with Panpsychism; and one is centrally concerned with Substance Dualism. Each of the faculty members will give two or three lectures on his or her area of expertise. Participants will thus be exposed to these three topics of current interest in significant detail.

The course will feature three sessions each by the seven faculty members, including lecture and extensive discussion. Participants will be invited to offer a 10-15 minute presentation.

Course faculty:

Philip Goff, Philosophy Department, The Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Marta Jorba, Philosophy Department, University of Girona, Spain
Angela Mendelovici, Philosophy Department, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Michelle Montague, Philosophy Department, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Howard Robinson, Philosophy Department, The Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Galen Strawson, Philosophy Department, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Course leader

David Pitt, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles, USA

Target group

Applications are invited from high-achieving MA and PhD students, junior faculty, researchers and professionals in universities and other institutions. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Course aim

This course will explore three topics of current interest in analytic philosophy of mind:
(1) Phenomenal Intentionality – the thesis that the intentionality of mental states, both perceptual and cognitive, is essentially
experientially constituted;
(2) Panpsychism – the thesis that consciousness (or something like it) is a property of physical entities at all levels of nature, from
elementary particles to organisms such as ourselves, to larger-scale structures such as galaxies, to the universe itself as a whole;
(3) Substance Dualism – the view that the mind and the body are metaphysically distinct entities.
The course aims to introduce students to the latest research on these topics. It is appropriate for anyone with a serious interest in
philosophy of mind.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016


A limited number of tuition waivers will be offered on a competitive basis.