Online Course on Philosophy by the University of Edinburgh

By Shweta

Do you have a tendency to ask, WHY? Are you amongst those who are not satisfied with what is going on around the world and want a reason about everything. The University of Edinburgh has come up with an online course named Introduction to Philosophy.

The course will be available on coursera and will commence from November 14.

About the Philosophy Course:

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module has a different philosophers taking you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. You will begin by trying to understand what philosophy is - what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then you will 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 will consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consist 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;
  • 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 the nature of reality.

The development of this MOOC has been led by the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn research centre.

Online Course on Philosophy

Syllabus of the Philosophy course:

  • What is Philosophy?
  • What is Knowledge? Do we have any?
  • Minds, Brains and Computers
  • Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive
  • Should you believe what you hear?
  • Are Scientific theories true?
  • Time Travel and Philosophy

To enroll in the course, go to the official page.

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