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1
2 horas para concluir

What is Philosophy?

(Dr. Dave Ward) We’ll start the course by thinking about what Philosophy actually is: what makes it different from other subjects? What are its distinctive aims and methods? We'll also think about why the questions that philosophers attempt to answer are often thought to be both fundamental and important, and have a look at how philosophy is actually practiced. Finally, we'll briefly touch upon two very influential philosophers' answers to the question of how we can know whether, in any given case, there really is a right way of thinking about things....
4 vídeos (total de (Total 47 mín.) min), 3 leituras, 2 testes
4 videos
Philosophy: Difficult, Important and Everywhere11min
Philosophy: How Do We Do It?17min
Is There A 'Right Way' To Think About Things?6min
3 leituras
About this Course10min
Module: What is Philosophy?10min
Optional Reading10min
2 exercícios práticos
Practice: What is Philosophy?8min
What is Philosophy?10min
Semana
2
1 hora para concluir

Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?

(Dr. Matthew Chrisman) We all live with some sense of what is good or bad, some feelings about which ways of conducting ourselves are better or worse. But what is the status of these moral beliefs, senses, or feelings? Should we think of them as reflecting hard, objective facts about our world, of the sort that scientists could uncover and study? Or should we think of moral judgements as mere expressions of personal or cultural preferences? In this module we’ll survey some of the different options that are available when we’re thinking about these issues, and the problems and prospects for each....
4 vídeos (total de (Total 44 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
4 videos
Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism13min
Objections to Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism11min
Further Discussion7min
2 leituras
Module: Morality: Objective, Emotive or Relative?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?12min
1 hora para concluir

What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?

(Professor Duncan Pritchard) We know a lot of things – or, at least, we think we do. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that studies knowledge; what it is, and the ways we can come to have it. In this module, we’ll take a tour through some of the issues that arise in this branch of philosophy. In particular, we’ll think about what radical scepticism means for our claims to knowledge. How can we know something is the case if we’re unable to rule out possibilities that are clearly incompatible with it? ...
5 vídeos (total de (Total 56 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
5 videos
The Classical Account of Knowledge and the Gettier Problem18min
Do We Have Any Knowledge?10min
Further Discussion 110min
Further Discussion 23min
2 leituras
Module: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?12min
1 hora para concluir

Week 2 review: Lesson Choices

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2 testes
2 exercícios práticos
Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?20min
What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?24min
Semana
3
1 hora para concluir

Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?

(Dr. Guy Fletcher) The laws of a state govern what we can and cannot do within that state. But do we have an obligation to obey those laws? In this module, we'll discuss this question, together with some of the main positions that philosophers have developed in response to it. We'll start off by examining what obeying the law means exactly. Then we'll look at three factors that might form the basis of an obligation to follow the law. Finally, we'll discuss what the consequences might be if the problem can't be solved....
7 vídeos (total de (Total 27 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
7 videos
The Grounds of Political Obligation2min
Gratitude and Benefit4min
Consent8min
Fairness3min
What if the Problem Can't Be Solved?1min
Summary1min
2 leituras
Module: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20min
1 hora para concluir

Should You Believe What You Hear?

(Dr. Allan Hazlett) Much of what we think about the world we believe on the basis of what other people say. But is this trust in other people's testimony justified? In this module, we’ll investigate how this question was addressed by two great philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume (1711 - 1776) and Thomas Reid (1710 - 1796). Hume and Reid's dispute about testimony represents a clash between two worldviews that would continue to clash for centuries: a skeptical and often secular worldview, eager to question everything (represented by Hume), and a conservative and often religious worldview, keen to defend common sense (represented by Reid). ...
5 vídeos (total de (Total 25 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
5 videos
Reid's Challenge to Hume2min
Reid's Argument5min
Kant, the Enlightenment and Intellectual Autonomy4min
The Value of Intellectual Autonomy3min
2 leituras
Module: Should You Believe What You Hear?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Should You Believe What You Hear?8min
1 hora para concluir

Week 3 review: Lesson Choices

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2 testes
2 exercícios práticos
Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20min
Should You Believe What You Hear?20min
Semana
4
2 horas para concluir

Minds, Brains and Computers

(Dr. Suilin Lavelle) If you’re reading this, then you’ve got a mind. But what is a mind, and what does it take to have one? Should we understand minds as sets of dispositions to behave in certain ways, as patterns of neural activation, or as akin to programmes that are run on the computational hardware of our brains? In this module, we’ll look at how and why recent philosophy of mind and psychology has embraced each of these options in turn, and think about the problems and prospects for each. ...
7 vídeos (total de (Total 57 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
7 videos
Physicalism: Identity Theory and Functionalism13min
Functionalism and What Mental States Do8min
Functionalism and Functional Complexity4min
Minds vs. Machines: The Turing Test and the Chinese Room11min
Minds vs. Machines: Problems for the Computational View of the Mind4min
Further Discussion4min
2 leituras
Module: Mind, Brains and Computers10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Minds, Brains and Computers24min
1 hora para concluir

Are Scientific Theories True?

(Professor Michela Massimi) In this module we will explore a central and ongoing debate in contemporary philosophy of science: whether or not scientific theories are true. Or better, whether a scientific theory needs to be 'true' to be good at all. The answer to this question comes in two main varieties. Scientific realists believe that theories ought to be true in order to be good. We will analyse their main argument for this claim (which goes under the name of 'no miracles argument'), and some prominent objections to it. Scientific antirealists, on the other hand, defend the view that there is nothing special about 'truth' and that scientific theories and scientific progress can be understood without appeal to it. The aim of this session is to present both views, their main arguments, and prospects....
7 vídeos (total de (Total 29 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
7 videos
Saving the Phenomena? Ptolemeic Astronomy5min
Truth? Galileo and Copernican Astronomy2min
Scientific Realism and the No Miracles Argument3min
Scientific Anti-Realism: Constructive Empiricism7min
Realist Rejoinders: Inference to the Best Explanation5min
Concluding Summary2min
2 leituras
Module: Are Scientific Theories True?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Are Scientific Theories True?16min
1 hora para concluir

Week 4 review: Lesson Choices

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2 testes
2 exercícios práticos
Minds, Brains and Computers20min
Are Scientific Theories True?20min
Semana
5
1 hora para concluir

Do We Have Free Will and Does It Matter?

(Dr. Elinor Mason) We typically feel that the actions that we make are the result of our own free choices. But what if those actions are simply the end result of a long chain of cause and effect? What does this mean for free will? In this module, we'll look at the concept of determinism. In particular, we'll consider the implications that determinism might have for the notion of free will....
5 vídeos (total de (Total 35 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
5 videos
Libertarianism10min
Compatibilism7min
Hard Determinism3min
Summary2min
2 leituras
Module: Do We Have Free Will? Does it Matter?10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Do We Have Free Will and Does It Matter?20min
1 hora para concluir

Time Travel and Philosophy

(Dr. Alasdair Richmond) In this module we'll think about some issues in metaphysics, a branch of philosophy that investigates the ways that reality could intelligibly be. Our case study will be the possibility, or otherwise, of time-travel. Some have thought that the apparent possibility of creating a machine that we could use to transport a person backwards in time can be ruled out just by thinking about it. But is time-travel really logically impossible? What would the universe have to be like for it to be possible? And can we know whether our universe fits the bill?...
6 vídeos (total de (Total 49 mín.) min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
6 videos
Grandfather Paradoxes9min
Two Senses of Change7min
Causal Loops7min
Where Next?8min
Further Discussions8min
2 leituras
Module: Time Travel and Philosophy10min
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10min
1 exercício prático
Practice: Time Travel and Philosophy16min
1 hora para concluir

Week 5 review: Lesson Choices

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2 testes
2 exercícios práticos
Do We Have Free Will and Does It Matter?20min
Time Travel and Philosophy20min
2 horas para concluir

Peer review

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1 teste
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por 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.

por 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.

Instrutores

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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
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Guy Fletcher

Lecturer
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Elinor Mason

Senior Lecturer
Philosophy

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