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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

19 minutes to complete

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Introduction and Overview

In this module, Dr Orestis Palermos provides a short introduction and overview of the key themes that will be discussed in the ‘Science and Philosophy’ course.

1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Accompanying Textbook: Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone10m
3 hours to complete

Neuroscience and Free Will

In this module Professor Al Mele presents experiments that purport to show that there is no such thing as free will. He then presents three criticisms of this interpretation of the evidence.

7 videos (Total 52 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Study 110m
Study 2 and 34m
Problem 18m
Problem 28m
Problem 38m
5 readings
[YouTube video] The Libet Experiment: Is Free Will Just an Illusion?10m
Free Will and Science10m
Al Mele - Free Will and Neuroscience10m
Free Will - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy10m
5 practice exercises
1: Libet’s experiment5m
2: Observing changes in the brain5m
3: Is there a problem with the three studies presented?5m
4: The point of no return
5: Libet studies5m
4 hours to complete

Are Science and Religion in Conflict?

Guest lecturer: Dr Michael Murray. Are science and religion compatible with one another? Are they incompatible? What do these questions even mean, and how do we go about answering them? Philosophical tools are helpful to make progress with these very important questions. In this module, Dr Michael Murray offers a philosophical analysis of the complex and easily misunderstood issue of the relationship between science and religion.

7 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Non-Conflicting in Principle8m
Potentially Conflicting6m
Can Science Support Religious Beliefs?5m
A Theoretical Challenge6m
A Challenge from Evolutionary Psychology10m
2 readings
Further Reading on Religion & Science
[Video Lecture] Tom McLeish on the Theology of Science30m
3 practice exercises
1: Definition of science6m
2: The relationship between science and religion6m
3: Evolutionary psychology6m
4 hours to complete

Do Scientific Claims Constitute Absolute Truths?

Guest lecturer: Professor Martin Kusch. This module will focus on a central challenge for scientific knowledge: Are there any scientific claims that are absolutely true, or are they all true relative to the system of thought that generated them? If we accept the latter, does this also hold true of any claims we might make, including within the domains of philosophy and religion?

5 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
The Sociology of Science19m
Kuhn and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions10m
Relativism and Science17m
The Future of Relativism in the Study of Science16m
3 readings
[Video Lecture] Stathis Psillos on Scientific Realism45m
Further Reading on Relativism
Podcasts, Interviews, and Videos
3 practice exercises
1: Relativists about morality6m
2: Karl Popper and scientific rationality6m
3: Paul Feyerabend and scientific experiment and theoretician6m
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Top reviews from Philosophy, Science and Religion: Science and Philosophy

By SRNov 14th 2017

A very interesting course and it has given a great knowleddge to me about the concept of science and religion . just amazed and the professors taught this in a very impressive way . very nyccc .

By CBFeb 6th 2017

I really enjoyed this course and the effort it put forth to open the dialogue of religion, science and philosophy. Thank you for creating a space to openly discuss belief.



Dr J Adam Carter

Epistemology - Philosphy

Dr Orestis Palermos

Research Explorer
School of Philosophy

Dr Mark Harris

Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion
School of Divinity

Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

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