Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3117: Philosophy and Psychedelics
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
(Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics.)
We begin with a couple of sessions introducing the History and Philosophy of Psychedelics
The Philosophy of Psychedelics is a new field, yet concerns a long history. We begin with an overview of the multifarious philosophic facets of this subject, to gain a comprehensive perspective on the current psychedelic renaissance.
We then discuss in more detail, over the following eight weeks:
- Philosophy of mind, consciousness, and psychedelics
- The biopolitics and bioeconomy of psychedelics
- Creativity and aesthetics vis-à-vis psychedelics
- Perennialism and Contextualism: Western mysticism and Non-Western Indigenous approaches
- Metaphysics and psychedelics: Interpreting psychedelic experience through metaphysical systems
- Transpersonal and environmental ethics and psychedelics
The module will close with an overall discussion about the cross-cutting nature of the topic across philosophical sub-disciplines and how a comprehensive philosophy of psychedelics might be possible.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar|
|Guided independent studies||48||Reading and Research|
|Guided independent study||20||Preparation and recording of presentation|
|Guided independent study||38||Preparation and Writing of Essay|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
TEDx Talk 'Psychedelics and Consciousness' by Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes: https://youtu.be/tV8PSevhd_M
Erowid: 60 000 pages of online information about psychoactive drugs, plants, chemicals, etc.:
Philosophy and Psychedelics conference (Exeter): www.philosophyofpsychedelics.com
Breaking Convention, conference videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/BreakingConvention/videos