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Introduction to Philosophy

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics you’ll learn about will include: Epistemology, where we’ll consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it; Philosophy of science, where we’ll investigate foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice; Philosophy of Mind, where we’ll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained; Political Philosophy, where we'll investigate whether we have an obligation to obey the law; Moral Philosophy, where we’ll attempt to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences, and; Metaphysics, where we’ll think through some fundamental conceptual questions about free will and the nature of reality. The development of this MOOC has been led by the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn research centre. To accompany 'Introduction to Philosophy', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Introduction to Philosophy' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources. Please click "Start Here" and navigate to the "Optional Reading" page for more information.

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Rating 4.6 based on 874 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Professor Michela Massimi, Professor Duncan Pritchard, Dr. Dave Ward, Dr. Alasdair Richmond, Dr. Suilin Lavelle, Dr. Matthew Chrisman, Elinor Mason, Dr. Allan Hazlett, Guy Fletcher
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I'd like to learn why we believe what we believe.I'd recommend this course to anyone that seeks to understand what is philosophy and how we do philosophy.Thanks to The University of Edinburgh, to Coursera, the professors, and all those who made this course available free of charge.Cheers.

Thank you University of Edinburgh, the teachers and Coursera for this good course.

I even applied for university of Edinburgh after taking this course.

I am also looking forward for other courses by the University of Edinburgh.

And ends up discovering that there are in fact various ways to look at this subject which is an essential tool for living and constant improving our quality of life.The University of Edinburgh has structured this course well, and the faculties, bright and deep in their domains makes you understand the contents more easily then they are.

Boy did I get more than what I bargained for!Instead of going down the usual historical path and looking at the philosophers in just chronological order, the lecturers at the University of Edinburgh have divided the topic into broad strokes, covering the big ideas (and their related writers) that have driven philosophical debate till today.

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time travel

I especially like the last lecture on the logical aspects of time travel into the past.

This would interest not only someone interested in philosophy or time travel, but also to the writer doing a science fiction novel.

The final topic on time travel will absolutely grab your attention.

And, I loved the Time Travel part!

Time travel and philosophy was great!

I learned a lot about morality, knowledge, laws, politics, minds, science, free will, and time travel.The course also helped me to practice English :-)Thanks!

The Free Will and time travel on week 5 are fascinating.Thanks a lot.

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la filosofía

I Highly recommend taking this course Un curso fantástico para introducirse en el maravilloso mundo de la filosofía.

Me pareció la mas precisa introducción a la filosofía, para desde estos temas ampliar la investigación, y el pensamiento.

se enfoca tanto en que es la filosofía, se va de las ramas An excellent course to make sense of philosophy... and I really loved the possibility of time travel... even though it was only an intellectual possibility ... kudos to the faculty to make it an interesting experience... thanks everyone.

Muy bueno para acceder a los tópicos de la Filosofía y el filosofar occidental, particularmente el de la tradición sajona.

:) Excelente curso que nos permite conocer realmente el significado de la Filosofía y su importancia en el mundo en el que interactuamos.

fantastic and thorough introduction to some fascinating aspects of philosophy Maravilloso curso, la filosofía es como bien dijo Aristóteles, la más divina.

Es una dicha poder acceder a la filosofía de una manera clara, simple, y sobretodo, para todo aquél estudiante buscador.

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highly recommended

Highly recommended.

A highly recommended and intellectually enjoyable course.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!!

Highly recommended for critical thinkers !!

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thought provoking

Very thought provoking and informative.

Beautiful thought provoking course that introduces several topics in philosophy.

All the best From an engineer perspective this was hard to see obvious value in but i enjoyed the thought provoking topics.

Greatly enjoyed this introduction to philosophy - appropriately brief, but insightful, engaging, broad and thought provoking!

I expect it will be equally thought provoking as its delivery involves some of the same faculty.I believe this course would be improved if there was a mechanism for constructive feedback on missed exam questions that illustrate how the questions at hand are integral and in context to the presentations and supplemental readings (some of which I pursued).

I've found this course to be really interesting and thought provoking.

great course , and i would love to thank the teachers of Edinburgh university , they helped a lot to understand and pass the course , i had a great time with those great teachers and subjects ,thank you thank you so much Clear explanations, thought provoking, lots of introductory ground covered excelent Muy buena introducción al pensamiento filosófico y además con ejemplos comunes para dar mejor entendimiento, deberían hacer cursos de cada corriente filosófica Excellent introductory course that covers a lot of the basics.

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los profesores

VERY USEFUL AN EASY TO ACCESS Great way to expand your horizon of knowledge es un muy buen curso los profesores explican muy bien lo temas y es mas fácil de comprendedlos Excelente!

so far is good Es un curso muy interesante para aquellos que no hemos tenido acercamientos previos a la filosofía, plantea temas de gran interés y los profesores describen los problemas y formas de abordarlos sin que necesariamente sea seguir a un autor en particular, en cambio dan un panorama general de abordaje aunque, claro usan propuestas de autores para ejemplificar las formas de pensamiento.

Interesante pero tal vez demasiado amplio para ser una introducción y por lo tanto demasiado general.No capté el criterio de selección de los temas, y los temas presentados no eran los que esperaba.Muy buenos los profesores, muy entusiastas de su materia.

Los profesores explican muy bien.

Es un curso dinámico que te brinda una variedad de temas a lo largo de cada semana de clases, de los cuales el estudiante puede elegir libremente el tema de su mayor interés; además, considero que los profesores están capacitados para dictar cada clase.

La manera de explicar de los profesores y los temas abordados son excelentes.

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Rating 4.6 based on 874 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Professor Michela Massimi, Professor Duncan Pritchard, Dr. Dave Ward, Dr. Alasdair Richmond, Dr. Suilin Lavelle, Dr. Matthew Chrisman, Elinor Mason, Dr. Allan Hazlett, Guy Fletcher
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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