AP/PHIL4082 3.0 A: Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Offered by: PHIL


Fall 2019






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

An examination of philosophical issues at the foundations of cognitive science, such as: mental representation, perception, concepts, rationality, memory, intelligence, modularity, evolutionary psychology, extended and embodied cognition, and consciousness. Prerequisite: At least nine credits in AP/PHIL courses, including at least three credits from the following: AP/PHIL 3260 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3265 3.00.

Course Website

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Verena Gottschling


Office Location:  S436 Ross Building

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77553

Office Hours:  Thursday 10:30 – 11:30

    Expanded Course Description

Topic: Reflecting about ourselves and others: Metacognition

We use metacognitive capacities to judge our own knowledge and to regulate our own cognitive processes, to maximize our potential for thinking, learning and evaluating situations. In other words, metacognition is knowledge about cognition and the ability to control one’s own cognition. Metacognition literally means 'above cognition', it is a general term encompassing a certain kind of higher-level cognition, “cognition about cognition” or “thinking about thinking”. Metacognition includes the study of memory-monitoring (meta-memory) and self-regulation, meta-reasoning, certain kinds of theories of consciousness and awareness are metarepresentational, self-awareness and episodic memory seem to require metacognition, as well as social metacognition seems essential for social skills and ethical rules. In this interdisciplinary seminar you will look at different accounts, views and approaches to metacognition as well as different metacognitive components.

    Required Course Text / Readings

Several papers (online, Moodle)

    Weighting of Course

Final Essay                                          40%

Midterm                                          30%

Short reaction papers :                      30%

In the reaction papers you will very briefly summarize an assigned reading and then either offer a brief criticism of the reading or ask critical questions about it.  An example of what is expected will be provided.  The midterm will be in-class, and will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions. The take home final will consist of a final essay. Penalties of missed assignments are left to my discretion.

    Organization of the Course

Lecture and class discussion

    Course Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand in some depth the main topics regarding metacognition in contemporary analytic philosophy of Cognitive Science, and different views regarding metacognition
  2. Evaluate others’ conceptual and empirical arguments and to create their own.
  3. Develop the ability to write analyses of arguments
  4. Know about several contemporary figures in the philosophy of Cognitive Science
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