Philosophical Issues in Behavioural Science

From Individual to Collaborative Action

--- lecturer: s.butterfill@warwick.ac.uk

A course at the University of Warwick.


About This Course

A quick (<3 minute) introduction in case you are thinking about whether to take it.

If the video above doesn’t work, you could try watching it on streams or on youtube.

Changes for 2022-3

The information below is the for the 2021-22 version of this course.

I have left it here for now so that you can see what the course will be like if you are thinking about taking it.

For 2022-3 some things are different:

  • course runs in Autumn Term
  • all lectures in person (no recordings)
  • no weekly writing tasks for the seminars (no yyrama)
  • change of assessment methods (no 500-word essays)
  • some of the content of the lectures will change

Week-by-Week Guide

Here’s everything you need to do each week, organised by the nine weeks of the course. (There is no week 6 because that is reading week.)

Weeks are listed in reverse order.

Week 10: The Interface Problem

Commencing Monday 14th March 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

There is no assessed work due this week, I think. (But to be sure, please check on tabula as this is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)

Week 09: Team Reasoning

Commencing Sunday 6th March 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

  • I think your third in-term assessment is due to be submitted on Tabula this week.
  • Check the deadline on tabula. (Tabula is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)
  • Submit your work using tabula.

Please remember that all assessed work will only be marked if you submit it using tabula.

Week 08: Game Theory

Commencing Monday 28th February 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

  • I think your third in-term assessment might be due on Tabula next week.
  • Check the deadline on tabula. (Tabula is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)
  • Submit your work using tabula.

Please remember that all assessed work will only be marked if you submit it using tabula.

Week 07: Decision Theory

Commencing Monday 21st February 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

There is no assessed work due this week, I think. (But to be sure, please check on tabula as this is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)

Week 05: Joint Action

Commencing Monday 7th February 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

  • I think your second in-term assessment might be due on Tabula next week.
  • Check the deadline on tabula. (Tabula is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)
  • Submit your work using tabula.

Please remember that all assessed work will only be marked if you submit it using tabula.

Week 04: Joint Action

Commencing Monday 31st January 2022


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

  • I think your first in-term assessment is due to be submitted on Tabula this week.
  • Check the deadline on tabula. (Tabula is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)
  • Submit your work using tabula.

Please remember that all assessed work will only be marked if you submit it using tabula.


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

  • I think your first in-term assessment might be due on Tabula next week.
  • Check the deadline on tabula. (Tabula is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)
  • Submit your work using tabula.

Please remember that all assessed work will only be marked if you submit it using tabula.


Seminar Task on yyrama

Note that the seminar tasks are typically on topics from previous weeks’ lectures.

(If you need to attend a different seminar this week, please join that seminar group on yyrama so that your work is read by the right tutor and your tutor knows which seminar to discuss it in.)

Not sure what to do? Check this guide to the seminar tasks (this is the same each week).

Attend a Seminar

If you are attending a seminar online, you can find the link you need to join it here.

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

There is no assessed work due this week, I think. (But to be sure, please check on tabula as this is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)

Week 01: Instrumental Action

Commencing Monday 10th January 2022


Sign Ups

  • sign up for a weekly seminar group on tabula
  • note the name of your seminar leader on the seminar you signed up for on tabula, and the time of your seminar
  • register yourself on yyrama
  • tell yyrama which seminar group you are in (and please remember update yyrama if you change seminar group)

Please register with your university email and the name your seminar tutor will know you by (so that they will know what work you have done each week).

Please make a note of your yyrama password: if you lose them, there’s no way to recover them.

Seminar Task on yyrama

There is no seminar in Week 01.

You may want to start the seminar task for the following week, which will be due at least 24 hours before your seminar. (You can review the list of seminar tasks here.)

Recorded Lectures

Not sure what to do with the lectures? Check this guide to using lectures.

Live Whole-Class Lecture

If you miss the meeting, there may be a recording of it in the lecture materials. (No promises: there might be occasional issues which prevent or corrupt a recording.)

Assessed work to submit

There is no assessed work due this week, I think. (But to be sure, please check on tabula as this is the only authoritative source for deadlines.)