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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

What is Philosophy?

4 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 readings
About this Course10m
Module: What is Philosophy?10m
Optional Reading10m
2 practice exercises
Practice: What is Philosophy?8m
What is Philosophy?10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?

4 videos (Total 44 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Module: Morality: Objective, Emotive or Relative?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?12m
1 hour to complete

What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?

5 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Module: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?12m
1 hour to complete

Week 2 review: Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
2 practice exercises
Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?20m
What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?24m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?

7 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Consent8m
Fairness3m
What if the Problem Can't Be Solved?1m
Summary1m
2 readings
Module: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
1 hour to complete

Should You Believe What You Hear?

5 videos (Total 25 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Kant, the Enlightenment and Intellectual Autonomy4m
The Value of Intellectual Autonomy3m
2 readings
Module: Should You Believe What You Hear?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Should You Believe What You Hear?8m
1 hour to complete

Week 3 review: Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
2 practice exercises
Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
Should You Believe What You Hear?20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Minds, Brains and Computers

7 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Functionalism and Functional Complexity4m
Minds vs. Machines: The Turing Test and the Chinese Room11m
Minds vs. Machines: Problems for the Computational View of the Mind4m
Further Discussion4m
2 readings
Module: Mind, Brains and Computers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Minds, Brains and Computers24m
1 hour to complete

Are Scientific Theories True?

7 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Scientific Realism and the No Miracles Argument3m
Scientific Anti-Realism: Constructive Empiricism7m
Realist Rejoinders: Inference to the Best Explanation5m
Concluding Summary2m
2 readings
Module: Are Scientific Theories True?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Are Scientific Theories True?16m
1 hour to complete

Week 4 review: Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
2 practice exercises
Minds, Brains and Computers20m
Are Scientific Theories True?20m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Philosophy

By LTSep 2nd 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and find that it encouragingly sets some directions, and of course, raises my excitement for further study into some of the different fields of philosophy. Thank you.

By CCOct 8th 2015

Great explanations that is broken down with examples for understanding. Quizzes test for your understanding of the topic rather than just the textbook explanations. Challenging and thought revoking.

Instructors

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Dr. Dave Ward

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Professor Michela Massimi

Full Professor
Philosophy
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Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Dr. Matthew Chrisman

Reader in Philosophy
Philosophy
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Guy Fletcher

Lecturer
Philosophy
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Elinor Mason

Senior Lecturer
Philosophy

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