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Philosophy of mind (a.y. 2019/20)


1 The mental and the physical
Descartes and the modern mind
The ‘discovery’ of consciousness
Descartes’ ‘internalism’
The causal closure of the physical world

2 From Cartesian internalism to the extended mind
The rise (and fall?) of classical cognitive science.
The relation between personal and sub-personal explanation of mind
The extended mind

3 Embodiment, (radical) enactivism and the mark of the mental
The 4E cognitive science (embodied, embedded, enacted, extended)
Radical enactivism and the socially extended mind


February 4th 2020, 14.30 - 17.30
February 5th 2020, 10.00 - 13.00
February 6th 2020, 11.00 - 13.00; 14.00 - 16.00 - February 7th


  • Ravenscroft, I., 2005, Philosophy of Mind. A Beginner’s Guide, Oxford University Press
  • Okasha, S., 2016. Philosophy of Science, Second Edition, Oxford University Press
  • Crane, T., 2015, The Mechanical Mind, Third edition, Routledge [Selected parts]
  • Gallagher, S, 2017 Enactivist Interventions. Rethinking the Mind, Oxford University Press. [Selected parts]
  • Gallagher, S, 2018, “The Extended Mind: State of the Question”, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 56, 4, 2018: 421-447.
  • Horgan, T. E., Kriegel, U., 2008, “Phenomenal Intentionality Meets the Extended Mind”, The Monist, 91: 353-80
  • Di Francesco M, Marraffa M, Tomasetta A (2017). Filosofia della mente. Corpo, coscienza, pensiero, Carocci Editore. [Selected parts]
Further references will be given during the course.


The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2

Michele Di Francesco

Full Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science

Cycle : XXXV

Course type : Type a

Period: Semester I

Academic year: 2019-2020

Place : Classroom 1-15

Duration : 10 hours