a Philosophical Introduction

Philosophy is like sex: sure you can get some interesting results, but that's not why we do it. Going one step beyond…why do you FEEL pain or pleasure? Do plants have emotions? How is possible that some people do not understand other’s emotions? Emotions seem to be everywhere, giving meaning to all events of our lives. They are the backbone of social activities as well as they drive the cognitive processes of several living entities. Several animals, including humans, have emotions but…what about machines?...Do machine can have emotions? This course will help you to understand and to identify most important philosophical ideas and debates about emotions, as well as it will provide you a rich source of data about neurological, psychological or anthropological analysis of emotions. In a nutshell: this is a course to feel and think about.
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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Rating 4.0 based on 42 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours/week
Starts Jan 14 (last week)
Cost $49
From Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona via Coursera
Instructor Jordi Vallverdú
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science Art & Design Humanities Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Biology Arts And Humanities Philosophy Psychology

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great course in 6 reviews

Thank your for sharing your knowledge with us Such a great course!

Biologist involved with neuroscience will really find the contents delightful and a real learning enviroment Great course to learn more about emotions.

great course Interesante y diverso.

Great course.

Final week, about robots and emotions, kind of fascinating This was a great course.

excellent content, a little difficult to understand because the pronunciation in english, great course anyway!

very interesting in 5 reviews

Very interesting approach to understand the Philosophical dimension of Emotions.

I've learned a lot and will share my experiences to my friends :) Very interesting course.

GOOD This was a very interesting course.

highly recommend in 4 reviews

This course is very interesting, I highly recommend it, and the professor is so cool!.

I highly recommend this course- interesting, well-paced, and fun.

Lots of very interesting topics, I highly recommend it!

Highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand emotions.

too much in 3 reviews

The course is interesting and you feel the teacher knows about the topic and wishes to transmit plenty of knowledges, but I would suggest a few improvements of the videos: better organisation, rehearsal of the speech before filming the class (he has a strong accent as a non native english-speaker, and not too much fluency), or maybe reading what he wants to say (as in other Coursera courses) would be better than trying to explain everything with his own spontaneous words.

The course misses the opportunity of providing the students with the formative feedback.Content-wise I missed the discussion on how emotions are being expressed in human communication (verbal or non-verbal), while the neuro-focus of the paper was a little bit too much for me.

As a final note, and this is critique I've already submitted, the presenter doesn't add too much to the slides in the videos.

good course in 3 reviews

Evenso, this is a very good course.

Pretty good course.

It was a fairly good course, the professor is funny and the slideshow itself is well made, but the content sometimes got boring and my mind stepped away from the course, something that did not happen even with other more difficult courses.


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