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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 so...
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Description

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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Who is the instructor? Is Dr. Dave Ward a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Dr. Dave Ward has created 2 courses that got 1,330 reviews which are generally positive. Dr. Dave Ward has taught 534949 students and received a 4.68 average review out of 1,330 reviews. Depending on the information available, Dr. Dave Ward is a TRUSTED instructor.
University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
Dr. Dave Ward is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He works mainly on the philosophy of mind and cognition. His main philosophical ambition is to understand the relationship between perception, thought and agency.

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