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Course module: 201800150
201800150
Minds, bodies and technologies
Course info
Course module201800150
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M.H. Nagenborg
E-mailm.h.nagenborg@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
prof.dr. C. Aydin
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.H. Nagenborg
Lecturer
dr. M.H. Nagenborg
Academic year2018
Starting block
1B
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
This course connects to the final qualification K2, K5, K6, S6, S9 of the PSTS programme, according to the following learning objectives
 
At the end of the course the student has knowledge of:
  • philosophy of mind,
  • philosophy of the body,
  • contemporary analyses of the relations between mind, body, and technology,
and is able to:
  • write an academic paper, in which (s)he evaluates a technology by building on insights from philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of the body,
  • formulate a research question,
  • identify relevant literature within the scope of the course,
  • situate contemporary approaches in broader discussion on the interplay between Mind, Body, and Technology.
 
Students in the 4TU.Ethics track and PhD candidates in the „Ethics of Technology“ programme can opt to specialize on either Philosophy of Mind and the Body.
In this case, the learning goals are as follows:
 
At the end of the course the student has:
  • knowledge of philosophy of mind or philosophy of the body,
  • Insights into contemporary analyses of the relation between mind, body, and technology
and is able to:
  • write an academic paper, in which (s)he evaluates a technology from an ethical perspective while including insights from Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of the Body,
  • formulate a research question,
  • identifying relevant literature within the scope of the assignment,
  • situate contemporary approaches in broader discussion on the interplay between Mind, Body, and Technology
Content
This course acquaints students with current theories and approaches to the relations between mind, body, and technology. Our entry point is the central role of the human mind in the European and Anglo-American tradition of Philosophy. Simply put, human beings are considered to have a specific kind of mind, that makes us human.
 
The centrality of the mind raises the question, how to do justice to the body and how to take into account the interplay between mind, body and technology. In our course, we will discuss and explore the current understanding of mind and body in view of various technologies like brain imaging, brain-machine interfaces, artificial intelligence, surveillance technologies, and medical technologies. Furthermore, we will consider alternative perspectives on the mind (e.g., extended mind theory) and the body (e.g., phenomenology of the body and feminist theory) and will ask, how such approaches allow us to deepen our understanding of human-technology relations and to answer the question, what does it mean to be human for human beings in contemporary times.
 
Additionally, in preparing the presentation and writing the paper, students will, in terms of research skills, be trained to
  • Formulate a research question
  • Reflexively answer the research question
  • Select relevant literature and gradually zoom in
By preparing the presentation, students will practice summarizing and situate an academic paper / chapter. They will also be trained to explicitly formulate pro- and con-arguments in response to the paper. Finally, students will be trained to summarize the main line of arguments of an academic discussion.
Depending on the topic choice for the paper, students will also learn to
  • Choose and account for relevant theoretical approaches (e.g., if students have to choose a fitting framework to analysis a specific technology)
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  • Interpret findings (e.g., by evaluating scientific literature on the mind/body)
Teaching methods
The course has a seminar setting. There will be 8 sessions of 4 hours. The first meeting will offer a general introduction into the course topic. Three sessions will be dedicated Philosophy of the Mind and Philosophy of the Body each. The two parts of course will follow a common structure: The first meeting is dedicated to the question, what is a mind / body? The second meeting will address the interplay between technology and the mind / body. The third meeting will be focus on a current specific discussion in the Philosophy of the mind / body. While the general set-up of the course suggests a ‘body / mind’-split, the discussions in class will give emphasis on making connections between the two domains.
 
Attendance is obligatory.

This course is offered to students in the 4TU E&T track. Students in this track will get additional support in form of a reading list / reader.
Students in the 4TU.Ethics track and PhD candidates from the 4TU.Ethics graduate programme will write a paper which focuses on the ethical aspects and implications. There will be one additional (individual) meeting on how to make a connection between Philosophy of the Mind / Body and Ethics of Technology. In addition, PhD candidates from the 4TU.Ethics programme can opt to limit their participation in the course to the first introduction and the meetings, which emphasis Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of the Body
Assumed previous knowledge
40 EC from the PSTS year #1 courses completed, and in any case: 191612550
PARTICIPATING STUDY
Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Soc.
Required materials
Course material
The study materials will be available on Canvas. No textbook is needed.
Recommended materials
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Instructional modes
Colstructie
Presence dutyYes

Presentation(s)
Presence dutyYes

Tests
Paper

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