Philosophy of AI and Cognition

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode FI203AI
Vaknaam Philosophy of AI and Cognition
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Philosophy of AI and Cognition
Leerdoelen After this course, the students will be able to identify and explain a range of philosophical problems related to AI, to read and understand primary texts in the field of philosophy of AI and cognition, and to develop informed arguments based on the literature.
Omschrijving The fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science have been closely connected from the start. Cognitive science emerged in the 1950s as a project to provide a scientific, computational account of the human mind, whereas one of the aims of artificial intelligence has been to build systems that think like humans (or better). Therefore, notions such as ‘intelligence’, ‘cognition’ or ‘thinking’ are central to both AI and cognitive science. Both fields continue to thrive, but in recent years, we have especially witnessed an explosive growth of AI technology: AI is used for medical diagnosis, for composing music, for self-driving cars, and is becoming increasingly important for society.

The study of AI and cognition involves many deeply philosophical questions: Can machines think and become conscious? What are the limits of AI? What is cognition or thinking? What can AI tell us about human cognition? In this course, we study these and other questions by discussing both traditional literature on philosophy of AI and cognition, as well as more recent theoretical and philosophical developments.
Uren per week
(Lecture, seminar)
(Written exam with essay questions, written assignments)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M.I. Eronen
Docent(en) dr. M.I. Eronen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Texts will be made available on Student Portal
Opmerkingen As part of this specialisation course, students of the Bachelor programme Philosophy of a Specific Discipline are required to attend several practicals. These practicals aim to develop philosophical writing skills, and active participation is mandatory for PoaSD-students to pass this course.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Artificial Intelligence 2 semester II a verplicht
Ba Filosofie 3 semester II a keuze
Ba Filosofie van een bepaald Wetenschapsgebied 2 semester II a keuzegroep
Bachelor Exchange Courses - semester II a keuze
Pre-master/Fast-track for MSc AI - CCS – CS - Math  (Artificial Intelligence) - semester II a -