BC5: Philosophy of Mind


We will start with a general overview of philosophy of mind and its three main fields: the mind-body problem, phenomenal consciousness, and mental representation and intentionality. After that, we will enter Thomas Metzinger’s self-model theory of subjectivity, followed by a review of its recent applications to mental autonomy, suffering, and other domains. The final part will provide an introduction to neurophenomenology and predictive processing.


Conceptually: To get an overview of central problems in philosophy of mind and consciousness research.
Methodologically: To understand how contemporary philosophy of mind integrates conceptual analyses with interpretations of empirical results.


Metzinger, T. (2008). Empirical perspectives from the self-model theory of subjectivity: a brief summary with examples. In R. Banerjee & B.K. Chakrabarti (Eds.), Progress in Brain Research, Ch. 18.
DOI: 10.1016/S0079-6123(07)68018-2
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Metzinger/publication/5684040_Empirical_perspectives_from_the_self-model_theory_of_subjectivity_a_brief_summary_with_examples/links/02e7e52fb2b35e7136000000/Empirical-perspectives-from-the-self-model-theory-of-subjectivity-a-brief-summary-with-examples.pdf

Van Gulick, R., “Consciousness”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2017 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
URL: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/

Wiese, W., & Metzinger, T. K. (2017). Vanilla PP for Philosophers: A Primer on Predictive Processing. In T. K. Metzinger & W. Wiese (Eds.), Philosophy and Predictive Processing. Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group.
URL: http://predictive-mind.net/papers/vanilla-pp-for-philosophers-a-primer-on-predictive-processing/at_download/paperPDF

In German:

Beckermann, A. (2008). Analytische Einführung in die Philosophie des Geistes. Dritte Auflage. Berlin: de Gruyter.

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Wanja Wiese


Wanja Wiese is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. He obtained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Mainz in 2015, with a dissertation on the unity of consciousness (published by MIT Press: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/experienced-wholeness). His research focuses on formal and interdisciplinary approaches to consciousness and cognition.