Introduction to Philosophy

VU Course ID: PH101
Curriculum: 7 weeks
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None
Instructors: Dave Ward, Duncan Pritchard, Michela Massimi, Suilin Lavelle, Matthew Chrisman, Allan Hazlett, Alasdair Richmond
Provider: University of Edinburgh
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Course Description

This free e-course introduces learners to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will explore some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. The course begins by explaining what philosophy is, its aims and methods, and how it differs from other subjects. The balance of the course will present an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics discussed include: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Moral Philosophy, and Metaphysics.

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Week 1 – What Is Philosophy?
(Dr. Dave Ward)
Week 2 – What Do You Know?
(Professor Duncan Pritchard)
Week 3 – Minds, Brains and Computers
(Dr. Suilin Lavelle)
Week 4 – Morality: Objective, Subjective or Relative?
(Dr. Matthew Chrisman)
Week 5 – Should You Believe What You Hear?
(Dr. Allan Hazlett)
Week 6 – Are Scientific Theories True?
(Dr. Michela Massimi)
Week 7 – Philosophy and the Structure of Reality
(Dr. Alasdair Richmond) ~ Leave yourself notes in the cloud!

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